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HC begins hearing on judges' appointment

Edit Date:7/24/2010 12:00:00 AM


HC begins hearing on judges' appointment
Sun, Jul 18th, 2010 6:57 pm BdST
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Dhaka, July 18 (bdnews24.com) – The High Court has started hearing a petition challenging appointments of International Crimes Tribunal chairman justice Nizamul Haque and member justice ATM Fazle Kabir. 

Justices Mamnun Rahman and Syeda Afsar Jahan on Sunday adjourned the hearing over the petition until next Monday upon the request of assistant attorney general Rashed Jahangir. 

The tribunal was formed on March 25 with justice Haque its chairman and justice Kabir and another former judge as members. 

Lawyers Nawab Ali and former secretary AFM Solaiman Chowdhury moved the court, challenging the appointments of the two on July 4. 

Barrister Abdur Razzaq, who stood for the petitioner, said the Supreme Court has been made parallel to the tribunal by appointing the two judges. 

Razzaq, also an assistant secretary general of Jamaat e-Islami, said the apex court has also been taken under the executive branch through their appointments, going against the spirit of independence of judiciary. 

The appointments also violated sections of the constitution 94 (3), 99, 109, 144, 147 (3), he added. 

BNP lawyers TH Khan, barrister Moudud Ahmed, Rafiqul Islam Miah, among others, assisted Razzaq during the hearing. 
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