At the end of the day the parliament has strike back to the judiciary over its unprecedented interference on the parliament proceedings. The ruling MPs, of both the Awame League and the others, is seeking the removal of Justice A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury in three days for his comment against the Speaker. The member of the parliament have asked the Chief Justice to remove Justice Chowdhury reports the bdnews24.com. If the Justice is not removed, the MPs have threatened to revive the constitutional provision to impeach judges.
Earlier in the day Justice Chowdhury commented during court proceedings that the Speaker has ‘committed a crime similar to sedition’ by criticising a verdict of the High Court. The ruling alliance MPs took this comment in account and blasted the judge in the parliament. They also asked the Chief Justice to constitute judicial council to remove Justice Chowdhury. The time frame for the removal was set by the veteran AL lawmaker and minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta. While speaking in the parliament on Tuesday, he gave three days to remove Justice Chowdhury. “Otherwise, the Section 96 of the 1972 Constitution will be revived,” he said.
The Parliament had the power to impeach judges under section 96 of the 1972 constitution. Military ruler Ziaur Rahman amended the provision and vested the power to the Supreme Judicial Council. The President can ask the Chief Justice to constitute the Supreme Judicial Council, according to the Constitution.
On Tuesday’s session the Workers Party MP Rashed Khan Menon raised the issue of Justice Chowdhury despite reservation of the Deputy Speaker, who was on the chair. Then Suranjit, Tofail Ahmed and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim of Awami League, Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Mujibul Haque of Jatiya Party spoke on the issue and bitterly criticized Justice Chowdhury for his comment. When they were criticising Justice Chowdhury or was mentioning of ‘impeaching’ the judge, the MPs, who were present in the House, expressed their support by thumping table.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was in the House when the issue was raised, but she left as soon as the MPs started speaking on the issue.