Three HC judges 'barred from performing duties'

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 11:58, Aug 22, 2019 | Updated : 15:06, Aug 22, 2019

A general view of the Supreme Court building of Bangladesh. File Photo/Sazzad HossainThree judges of the High Court have been prevented from performing their duties as allegations of corruption surfaced against them, say people familiar with the matter.

Several sources at the Supreme Court administration confirmed Bangla Tribune on Thursday ( Aug 22) that justices Salma Masud Chowdhury, Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and AKM Zahirul Hoque have been barred from hearing matters.

The names of the three High Court judges were not also included on the cause list.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told Bangla Tribune that he was "aware of three High Court judges being probed".

"But I am reluctant to comment on it at this time as it involves the president and the chief justice," he said.

On May 16, allegations of intervening in a lower court case and reversing the decree surfaced against the bench of justices Salma Masud Chowdhury and AKM Zahirul Hoque.

AG Mahbubey Alam moved the Appellate Division saying that the aforementioned bench illegally intervened and changed the verdict by issuing a decree in a loan-related case of National Bank.

Following Alam’s allegations, a bench led by Syed Mahmud Hossain scrapped all the decrees and orders of that case.