‘Supreme Court wouldn’t backtrack from scrapping any law that against constitution’: CJ

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Dhaka, April 30: Chief Justice SK Sinha on Sunday said the Supreme Court would not backtrack from scrapping any law or ruling if they are against the constitution.

The chief justice made the assertion while addressing as the chief guest at a function organised by the Department of Law Management at the Jagannath University’s auditorium in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Constitution, framed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has given authority to the SC to make judicial review of any law and under the constitution the SC has scrapped 5th, 7th, 8th, and 13th amendments to the constitution as they were contrary to the charter.

He said the parliament’s two-third members can amend the constitution and if it is contrary to the constitution, the SC can declare it illegal and void.

The chief justice also said he has to talk as the SC does not have full control over judiciary although the judiciaries of Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and India are under the control of the SC, he added.

On April 26, 2017, Law Minister Anisul Huq said that in no country do the chief justices speak so much in public or express so much anger unless it involves judicial activities.