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(Jan 02, 2008) On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ petitions challenging President Iajuddin Ahmed's assumption of the office of head of the caretaker government. The order for stay came just minutes before the High Court was to issue a ruling on President Iajuddin, after hearing the writ petitions in the form of public-interest litigation (PIL) filed by several social organizations and leaders of the Awami League-led alliance, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Tarikat Federation.
Shouting slogans against the unprecedented order of the Chief Justice, supporters of the petitioners broke windows and furniture and set ablaze the car of the former state Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. Apprehending harm at the hands of the protesters, the judges shut themselves up in their offices. Former Law Minister Moudud Ahmed and the former telecommunications minister managed to escape from the angry crowd of lawyers who chased them.
The protesters demanded the immediate resignation of the Chief Justice and the Attorney General and the withdrawal of the stay order issued by the Chief Justice. They also declared the Attorney General, A.J. Mohammad Ali, persona non grata in the Supreme Court precincts and decided to boycott the Chief Justice's court. (CJ's Order Sparks Violence in BD High Court, THE DAWN, Dec. 1, 2006, http://www.dawn.com/2006/12/01/int8.htm.)
|Author:||Krishan Nehra More by this author|
|Topic:||Judiciary More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Bangladesh More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 01/02/2008