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Justice Habibur Rahman dies

Staff Correspondent

Former chief justice and head of a caretaker government Muhammad Habibur Rahman died in United Hospital in Dhaka around 10:30pm on Saturday, family and hospital sources said. He was 85.
‘He felt sick at his residence around 9:30pm and was taken to the hospital immediately where he breathed his last,’ said Riazul Karim, a family friend.
The family will decide when he would be buried on arrival of one of his daughters from the United States on Monday, Karim said.
The family will announce details of the funeral at 10:00 am today (Sunday). The body is kept in the mortuary of United Hospital. The namaz-e-janaza will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque on Monday and he would be buried at Banani Graveyard.   
Habibur Rahman took his bachelors’ (honours) in 1949 and masters in 1951 in history from Dhaka University and joined the same university as a lecturer of history in 1952.
He was educated in Kolkata, Dhaka, Oxford and London. He started his career as a lawyer in 1964. Habibur Rahman joined as a judge in High Court in 1976 and continued till 1985. He was appointed a justice of the Appellate Division in 1985. He took oath as the chief justice in 1995 and went into retirement in the same year.
Born on December 3, 1928 in village Dayarampur under Jangipur sub-division of Murshidabad district in India, Habibur Rahman was also the chief adviser to the 1996 caretaker government which oversaw the 7th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.
He authored nearly 70 books on law, language, literature, poetry, religion, and two books of verse.
Habibur was a frontline activist in the Language Movement of 1952. He was a fellow of Bangla Academy and Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, honorary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and also honorary bencher of Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London.
Justice Habibur received the Bangla Academy Award for literature in 1994.
Habibur’s father Moulvi Zahiruddin was a lawyer.
President Abdul Hamid expressed deep shock at the death of Habibur Rahman.
In a condolence message, Abdul Hamid recalled the contributions of Habibur Rahman to the country’s judiciary and his role in the forward march of democracy.
The president prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Habibur Rahman.
In a message, Sheikh Hasina recalled his contributions to the country’s judiciary.
She said that the former chief justice had played a vital role in establishing democracy and its forward march.
She expressed her deep sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for peace of the departed soul.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed profound shock at the death of Habibur Rahman.
In her message, the BNP chief said the vacuum caused by the death of Habibur Rahman would never be filled.

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