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HC dismisses plea against AG

DHAKA, Jan 24, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court today dismissed a petition challenging the legality of holding the office of attorney general by Advocate Mahbubey Alam.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order saying the petition filed in this regard is not maintainable.

Supreme Court lawyer Dr Eunus Ali Akand filed the writ on November 10, 2016, saying Alam can no longer hold the office of the Attorney General as he has crossed 67.

According to the petitioner, the President appointed AG under Article 64 (1) of the constitution. Under this article, the President shall appoint a person as AG who is qualified to be a SC judge and the age limit of SC judge is 67 years.

But, additional attorney general Murad Reza during the hearing said AG is not holding the public office under the definition mentioned in the constitution of the republic.

Another senior lawyer advocate AM Aminuddin during the hearing also told the court that as per Article 64(4) of the constitution, AG's tenure of holding the office depends on the pleasure of the president of the republic.

The attorney general himself also referred this article on January 16 and said there is no legal bar in continuing his job as long as the President wishes.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)