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Hasina questions SC’s verdict on Warrant of Precedence

Hasina questions SC’s verdict on Warrant of Precedence
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed as “totally unethical” a Supreme Court verdict elevating the status of the chief justice and judicial officers and said it could create disorder within the state organs.

“I will say that delivering such judgement is totally out of ethics,” she told Parliament last night, weeks after the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court issued a verdict on Warrant of Precedence, equalising the statuses of the Chief Justice with parliamentary Speaker and the district judges with secretaries to the government. The Premier added: “It (verdict) surprises me...the Constitution specifies who will be in what position. It’s not fair if someone determines his or her own status and gives verdict in his or her favour. Then it becomes a partisan role.”  

A visibly annoyed Hasina said “the Supreme Court should have seen systems of different countries and considered the issue of coordination and cooperation among different organs of the state so the nation could run smoothly.”

Hasina told the the House that discussion are underway between the law and the officials in the judiciary to resolve the situation arose out after the apex court’s verdict.

The Premier’s comments in Parliament came when the apex court was yet to release the full text of its January 11 verdict.
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