Government Policy

SC defers appeal hearing on 16th amendment till May 8

DHAKA, March 7, 2017 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing till May 8 on an appeal filed by the state against the High Court verdict that declared the 16th Amendment to the Constitution illegal.

The Appellate Division full-bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order as Attorney General Mahbubey Alam sought eight-week time from the court.

On February 8, the apex court appointed 12 senior jurists as amicus curiae to give their opinions during the hearing on the matter.

The 12 amici curiae are - Dr Kamal Hossain, Justice (rtd) TH Khan, Barrister Amirul Islam, Barrister AF Hasan Arif, Barrister Ajmalul Hossain, Barrister Rafiqul Haque, Barrister Shafique Ahmed, Advocate Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Barrister Rokonuddin Mahmud, Barrister MI Farooqui, Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali and Barrister Fida M Kamal.

Of the 12, Dr Kamal Hossain, Barrister Rokonuddin Mahmud, Barrister Fida M Kamal and Barrister MI Farooqui were present before the court today. Of them, Dr Hossain informed the court that he has prepared his opinion in writing and is ready to submit that before the court.

The court at that time urged the remaining amici curiae to prepare their opinions in writing quickly.

The High Court on August 11, 2016, released the full text of the 165-page verdict that declared illegal and unconstitutional the 16th Amendment of the Constitution, which had allowed the parliament to remove Supreme Court judges on grounds of incapacity or misconduct.

A three-member High Court bench led by Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury delivered the verdict by majority on May 5, 2016. The two other judges are Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)