Justice Bazlur laid to eternal rest

CHAPAINAWABGANJ, Jan 2, 2017 (BSS) - Bazlur Rahman Chhana, a serving judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, was laid to eternal rest at the family graveyard at his ancestral home at the northwestern town here a day after he passed away losing a battle with cancer.

A large number of people cutting across their social, professional and political backgrounds thronged his home to have their last glimpses of Rahman, more known as Chhana among the people in the neighbourhood and close associates, as a military helicopter flew the body to his hometown.

After the second namaz-e-janaza, he was buried at Khalghat graveyard in the town at 4:30 pm.

Workers Party leader Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, Chapainawabganj Zila Parishad chairman and district Awami League president Moinuddin Mondal, district and session judge, deputy commissioner, lawyers, freedom fighters and a number of admires and relatives joined his janaza and burial.

His first namaz-e-janaza was held earlier in the morning on the Supreme Court premises after his overnight death at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), where he breathed his last at 6:15 pm.

Sixty-one-year-old Rahman is survived by his wife and two sons.

The Supreme Court proceedings were suspended for the day today to mourn the demise of Rahman as his body was brought to the apex court premises for namaz-e-janaza at his workplace.

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha announced the suspension of the day's judicial functions in both the Appellate and the High Court divisions of the Supreme Court as a mark of respect for Rahman along with High Court judge JN Deb Chowdhury, who died two weeks ago in cancer when the Supreme Court was in vacation.

Law minister Anisul Huq, judges of both the divisions of the Supreme Court joined the janaza along with a large number of lawyers and a number of admirers cutting across their professional and social backgrounds.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam, former chief justice Muzammel Hossain, former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru and veteran lawyers like Dr Kamal Hossain, Barrister Amirul Islam, Barrister Jamiruddin Sirkar and Syed Rezaur Rahman took part in the janaza.

After the Islamic ritual and prayers, the chief justice flanked by his colleagues from both the divisions of the Supreme Court, placed wreath on the coffin of Rahman, who eventually gave up after a long battle with cancer.

The law minister then offered wreaths on behalf of the government while several organisations including lawyers' ones also paid their tributes.

The body was later flown to his ancestral home in northwestern Chapai Nawabganj by an air force helicopter for burial at the family graveyard.

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the chief justice and the law minister earlier issued statements mourning the death and recalling his contributions to the judicial arena as a former lawyer and Supreme Court judge.

Before his appointment as a High Court judge in 2001, Rahman was a practicing lawyer who also served as the deputy attorney general in late 1990s. He was elevated to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on February 8, 2015.

A popular former student leader, Rahman was enrolled in the bar in 1984 after he obtained B Jur (Hons), M Jur and MA in sociology from Rajshahi University.

Until his appointment as a judge, he was involved in a number of social activities and earned repute of being a pro-poor lawyer and jurist.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)