B’desh Govt. seeks stay on HC verdict scrapping 16th amendment of Constitution

Dhaka : The Bangladesh Government on Sunday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the High Court’s verdict that scrapped 16th constitutional amendment empowering the Parliament to impeach the judges for misconduct or incapacity.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam submitted the petition in the Supreme Court on behalf of the government.

Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Sazu said that the Supreme Court chamber judge may hold hearing on the petition tomorrow.

The High Court had on May 5 declared the 16th amendment to the Constitution “illegal” and “unconstitutional” following a writ petition that challenged the legality of the 16th amendment.

The House led by the Awami League had on September 17, 2014, unanimously passed the 16th amendment and regained the power available in the 1972 Constitution to impeach judges.

Earlier, the apex court judges were removed by the President following the recommendation by the Supreme Judicial Council, a body formed by the Chief Justice and two senior most Appellate Division judges. (ANI)