Three HC judges asked to refrain from duty

‘I don’t know anything. Judiciary of Bangladesh is independent and it’s a matter of President and the Chief Justice’

Three High Court judges have been directed to refrain from their judicial duty following a primary investigation against them on “allegation of irregularities.”

Justices Salma Masud Chowdhury, Quazi Reza-ul-Hoque and A K M Zahirul Hoque were not mentioned in the cause list of Supreme Court and remain absent from their respective benches on Thursday.

“Following a primary inquiry, the Supreme Court authorities after consulting with the President informed the judges about the decision to refrain them from operating trials. Later, they submitted leave applications,” Saifur Rahman, special officer and spokesperson for the High Court division of Supreme Court, told the media.

Earlier in the day, when asked, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said: “I’ve also heard about it. But, I haven’t spoken to anyone. I don’t know what is being done.”

Meanwhile, Law Minister Anisul Haq, after being questioned regarding the issue at an event in the capital, said: “I don’t know anything. Judiciary of Bangladesh is independent and it’s a matter of President and the Chief Justice.”

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Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary Barrister Mahbub Uddin Kokon, while addressing the matter in a press conference, claimed that not only three justices but there were also severe allegations against many other judges.