President M Abdul Hamid called upon the Bench adjudicates and Bar advocates to work in a coordinated way to fulfill people’s expectation from the judiciary, urging all concerned to stay alert against any untoward incidents on court premises.
“It is seen that some respectable lawyers in lower and higher courts hamper trial process by shouting and vandalizing public assets centering the judgments. But it shouldn’t be tolerated. It is very much unexpected,” he said on Saturday (Dec 7), reports BSS.
Addressing a pre-dinner meeting with the Chief Justice and other judges of the Supreme Court, the High Courts, divisional and district courts at the Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban, the President urged the lawyers to uphold the tradition and honour of the legal profession.
The head of the state asked the three state organs — executive, legislature and judiciary — to maintain mutual balance amongst those, laying priority to the welfare of the country and its people.
“Executive, Legislature and Judiciary perform their respective roles separately, none is opposed to other. Rather each component is interrelated with all. So you have to perform your duties keeping mutual balance,” he added.
President Hamid, who was also lawyer by profession, said the judiciary, as being one of the three state organs, is very significant to flourishing democracy, establishing rule of law and protecting the human rights.
He also urged the lawyers and other concerned to ensure services for the litigants at lesser cost and directed the authorities concerned to fix a unified ‘Wakalatnama’ fee so that poor justice-seekers can avail this opportunity without paying extra money.
The President hoped that the judiciary would play a key role as a safeguard to preserve the people’s fundamental rights.
He lauded its (judiciary) outstanding performance that had helped restoration of people’s democratic rights particularly through declaring void the fifth and seventh constitutional amendments and ensuring the trials of the killings of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders inside the jail, and the anti-humanitarian acts committed in 1971 by the war criminals.
The President also appreciated the apex courts’ judges as they did not bow down their heads to the guns of the vested quarter and rather tried their level best to establish the rule of law in the country.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, Attorney General Mahabubey Alam, judges, senior lawyers, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
At the outset of his speech, the President paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who presented a Constitution on November 4, 1972, aimed at building hunger and poverty free Bangladesh with no discrimination between the rich and the poor.
President hosted a dinner in honour of the judges at Bangabhaban.