16th amendment verdict
Govt to file a review petition with the SC seeking expunction of the remarks of CJ
Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said, the government is going to file a review petition with the Supreme Court seeking expunction of some of the remarks of the chief justice in the 16th amendment case verdict.
Anisul Haq however did not determine date for filing the petition.
The government is thoroughly scrutinizing the full text of the verdict, Huq said.
Mentioning the CJ's observation on page 702 of the verdict that “No nation, no country is made of or by one person”, the law minister said “There is no doubt that history has been debauched.”
Criticisms from the lawmakers and cabinet members have engulfed the apex court since it scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution.
In its full verdict on the 16th constitutional amendment, the apex court said the provision of Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for the removal of SC judges for misconduct or incapacity has been reinstated in the constitution.
Replying to a query at a ‘Meet the Reporters’ programme held at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) today, the minister however said two former chief justices told him that there is a debate on the automatic restoration of the provision of the SJC.
In the verdict published on Thursday, the court also came up with a 39-point code of conduct it framed for the SC judges in exercise of powers under the article 96 of the country's charter.
He also demanded that there is currently no constitutional vacuum.