Three HC judges barred from duty over graft allegations

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 16:44, Aug 22, 2019 | Updated : 16:50, 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 primary investigation found truth in the allegations of corruption against them, confirmed the Supreme Court adminstration.

Justices Salma Masud Chowdhury, Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and AKM Zahirul Hoque have been barred from hearing matters.

 “After consulting with the honourable president, it has been decided that three High Court justices will not be allowed to carry out their duties based on the findings of a primary investigation,” High Court Division official Md Saifur Rahman told the media on Thursday (Aug 22).

He added that after the decision on the bar was finalised the three justices appealed for leave.

However, he declined to comment on whether the leave has been approved

Earlier in the day, several sources at the Supreme Court administration had told Bangla Tribune about the bar and that names of the three High Court judges were not included on the cause list.

Attorney General (AG) 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.