SCBA demands judicial inquiry into verdict leakNew Age Online
The Supreme Court Bar Association on Wednesday demanded forming an investigation committee---to be headed by any former chief justice---to probe into the leakage of an International Crimes Tribunal verdict awarded to BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.
The bar association made the demand in a resolution adopted from the lawyers’ speeches given at an emergency press briefing, protesting the prosecutors’ intention to draw contempt of court proceedings against senior lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain.
The bar association also condemned what they said the conspiracy of some ICT prosecutors and attorney general office officials to bring contempt of court proceedings against senior lawyer Mahbub, also a BNP leader, for expressing his opinions about the tribunal’s verdict on Salauddin.
The bar asked the prosecutors and attorneys to refrain from taking any initiative that may tantamount to political vendetta against Mahbub. The lawyer is the vice chairman of the Bangladesh Bar Council.
The resolution said the general diary filed by ICT registrar AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud over the leakage of the verdict that coincided with state minister for law Quamrul Islam’s call for investigation, did support Mahmub Hossain’s Tuesday's remarks at a press briefing where he said Salauddin’s trial was ‘farce’.
Mahbub said the government of BNP, if voted to power, will hold trials of real war criminals along with those involved in the ‘farce trials’.
A copy of the resolution said the verdict delivered by the ICT-1on Tuesday was made available on the some social media, raising allegations that the judgement was leaked through a computer at the law secretary’s office.
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