16th Amendment verdict

Published:  02:21 AM, 13 October 2017

Government to file review plea


Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the government will file a review petition with the Supreme Court against its verdict scrapping the 16th Amen-dment to the Constitution.

"The government has received the certified copy of the SC verdict," Anisul said while speaking to journalists after a program held at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Thursday.  He said the government would try to file the review petition within 30 days from receiving the copy of the verdict. 

The 16th Amendment of the Constitution had empowered the parliament to remove the Supreme Court judges for incapacity or misconduct, what was scrapped by the High Court.

Replying to a question, the law minister said Chief Justice Suren-dra Kumar Sinha might go abroad on Friday and he would travel to Australia, Canada, USA and UK during his leave. The law minister urged all not to do politics with the Chief Justice's leave.

Earlier, BNP alleged that the government has in fact forced CJ Sinha to go on the one-month leave just three months before his retirement for delivering the verdict repealing parliament's powers to sack judges.

The government denies the allegation, saying there is no connection between the verdict and the leave. The tenure of Justice Sinha, who took charge as chief justice on January 17,  2015, is ending on January 31 next year.

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