Anisul urges all not defile Supreme Court over sculpture issue

DHAKA- Law Minister Anisul Huq today said the Supreme Court (SC) is a sacred place and all should refrain from defiling it.

"A debate is going on over the sculpture on the apex court premises. We all should be mindful not to pollute the place and not to create any kind of anarchy here," he said, talking to newsmen after inaugurating a training course for judges in the city.

The three-day training on international labour standards is being held at the Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI).

Presided over by JATI Director General Justice Khondker Musa Khaled, the inaugural function was addressed by State Minister for Labour Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque, Norwegian Ambassador Sidel Bleken and ILO Country Director Srinivas Reddy, among others.

Addressing the function, the law minister hoped that the training on international labour standards would help the judges to deliver judgements on labour disputes in a more methodical way.

He said two labour courts would be relocated from Dhaka to Tongi and Narayanganj.

"A process would also be initiated to set up two new labour courts in Sylhet and Rangpur to serve the northeast and northwest regions of the country," Anisul Huq added.

The state minister for labour, in his speech, said the government is committed to ensure that labour rights are fully respected in Bangladesh.

"The judiciary has a vital role to play in this regard and this training will support them (judiciary) to carry out their duties," Chunnu said.

A total of 30 judges and judicial officers are taking part the training programme organized by International Labour Organization (ILO) together with JATI.

The course was designed by the ILO's international training centre in Turin, Italy. It is being conducted by former Australian Supreme Court Judge Rabyn Layton QC, Madras High Court Advocate Prof Ramapriya Gopalakrishnan and Ms Maura Miraglio.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)