Dhaka: Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Tuesday said former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has damaged the image of the country’s judiciary with the “adverse comments” he made about the judges of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in his book.
The comments made by the former CJ are very much unacceptable, he said.
The attorney general came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at his office at the SC.
Advocate Mahbubey Alam said Justice Sinha has not made it clear why his colleagues in the Appellate Division had refused to sit in the same bench with him for performing judicial functions.
He added: “If the reasons behind the other judges’ refusal to sit in the same bench with Justice SK Sinha are disclosed, foul smell will spread and the image of the judiciary will be tarnished even more.”
“I don’t know whether such incident has taken place in any other country in the world,” the AG also said.
Many judges, including former chief justices Mustafa Kamal, Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury, Md Tafazzul Islam, ABM Khairul Haque and Md Muzammel Hossain, had discharged judicial functions during the regimes of Awami League-led government, but they did not make any allegation against the government, Mahbubey Alam added.
An autobiography of Justice SK Sinha, now in the US, came out on September 16 where the former CJ claimed that he stepped down in the face of “intimidation and threats”.
Lalitmohan-Dhanabati Memorial Foundation holds the copyright of Justice Sinha’s book titled “A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy”.
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