Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had the temerity to belittle Bangabandhu in his observation in the verdict declaring the 16th constitutional amendment illegal, LGRD Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has said.
“The chief justice widely added unconstitutional and unethical remarks to the verdict,” the minister said at a programme in Madaripur’s Shibchar on Friday.
“He even showed the audacity of undermining the Father of the Nation, the Greatest Bengali of All Time, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I condemn this,” he added.
The ruling Awami League, which brought the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in 2014 to restore parliament’s power to impeach Supreme Court judges, has reacted sharply to the appeals verdict cancelling the amendment.
Law Minister Anisul Huq came up with the government’s formal reaction to the verdict on Thursday, 10 days after the publication of the full 799-page judgment.
Chief Justice Sinha’s observations in the verdict have sparked a raging debate.
Ministers are slating Justice Sinha for his observation that ‘the credit for independence does not go to a single person’.
Law Minister Huq said the government will move for having ‘unacceptable and offensive’ statements in the verdict deleted.
On Friday, LGRD Minister Mosharraf also said, “With due respect, we request a review of the undesirable matters in the verdict.”
He added that “lack of confidence in the judiciary can cause catastrophe to a country”.