Government Policy

Huq rejects allegation of step-motherly behavior towards judiciary

DHAKA- Law Minister Anisul Huq today outright rejected an allegation of step-motherly behavior towards the judiciary, saying if the government behaved this way, then the Prime Minister would not have done so much for the judges.

"All the facilities required to maintain the dignity of the judges have been provided . . . I am not saying that it has been done to make the judiciary happy by providing them with something big," Huq said in a press briefing at the ministry marking National Legal Aid Day on April 28.

The minister rejected Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha's recent comment on the administration, saying "no other chief justice in the world speaks so much in public".

"With due respect to him, I would like to say that you have seen examples of many developing and developed countries, you have seen our neighboring countries as well. Without conducting trials, no other chief justice expresses so much annoyance and speaks so much in public," Huq added.

He, however, said he was not "denying the fact that, he (chief justice) perhaps says these for some reasons, but if he got offended by anything, he could inform us of the matter instead of speaking in public, helping us to try to resolve that".

In reply to a question on Chief Justice Sinha's recent claim that the administration does not want the judiciary to run independently, Huq said, "It would have been great if the chief justice would have cited the reason behind such remarks".

Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque was present at the briefing, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)