SC asks Justice Manik to return all the files to registrar general, Manik sends letter to CJ

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Dhaka, Feb 7: Former Supreme Court Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik on Sunday sent a letter requesting the chief justice to accept all the verdicts and orders he wrote after his retirement.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court in a statement asked Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik to return all the pending files to the SC registrar.

Justice Manik has written around 15 judgments and 70 orders, which were pending with him, he told media.

The justice sent the letter to Chief Justice SK Sinha to ask Justice Md Abdul Wahab Mia to receive the judgment and orders written by him.

Justice Wahab was the presiding judge of the bench of the Appellate Division of the SC where Justice Manik was a member.

He wrote to the CJ 18 days after Chief Justice Sinha criticized writing judgments after judges’ retirement and said it goes against the constitution.

The chief justice came up with the remark in a message on the occasion of the first anniversary of his taking office as the 21st chief justice of the country.

Besides on January 26, in the wake of the controversy triggered by the CJ’s remarks, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq told parliament that writing verdict after retirement is not illegal and unconstitutional.

“The Chief Justice hopes that the former Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik will return all the files of cases pending under his possession to the office of the registrar general of SC without giving any statement to the media. It would help to reduce sufferings of the justice seekers,” acting registrar general of SC Abu Syed Dilzar Hossain issued the statement on Sunday.

The statement further said, “such press conference is unprecedented in the premises of SC. Considering the sanctity of the SC, the justices will refrain from such activities in the future.”

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