The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today asked the government to finalize rules regarding service discipline for lower court judges and issuing gazette to this end by January 15, 2017.
The full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order as law and justice division secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque and legislative and parliamentary affairs division secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque appeared before the court today following the apex court's order.
The apex court on December 8 had summoned the two secretaries to explain ministry's position over issuing the gazette. The court passed the order while hearing a civil appeal in Masdar Hossain case.
The apex court on December 02, 1999, delivered the historic verdict with 12-point directives for separating the judiciary from the executive.
The law ministry later submitted a draft of service rules regarding discipline for the lower court judges before the apex court. The Supreme Court asked to amend the draft and publish it as gazette notification.
Lastly on December 01, 2016, the apex court had asked to issue the gazette notification within seven-day.
But the ministry yesterday issued a notification saying the President has decided that there is no need for publishing proposed draft of conduct rules and discipline rules for judicial officers and Bangladesh Judicial Service (service making, appointment to the service post, dismissal, suspension and removal) Rules, 2007 in the Bangladesh gazette.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)