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Govt to seek review of 16th amendment verdict: Anisul

Staff Correspondent     12th October, 2017 10:49:04 printer

Govt to seek
review of 16th amendment
verdict: Anisul

The government will file a petition with the Supreme Court for review of the court verdict that declared illegal the 16th amendment to the constitution.


The government has received a certified copy of the 16th amendment verdict, Law Minister Anisul Huq said while talking to reporters at a function in the capital on Thursday.


As per law, anybody aggrieved with a court verdict has to get a certified copy of it to file an appeal or review petition.


On July 3, a seven-member bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, delivered the verdict, declaring the 16th amendment illegal.


The amendment empowered the parliament to impeach any apex court judge for physical incapacity and moral turpitude.


The apex court on August 1 released the full text of its verdict, saying parliament’s authority to impeach judges is cancelled and Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) system is restored.


The government has been aggrieved with the SC verdict for various reasons.


The SC delivered a portion of verdict that voided the 16th amendment on the basis of the consent of majority number of judges out of seven.      


Besides, Chief Justice SK Sinha made some observations in the verdict, negating Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s contribution to the country’s independence.


Sinha said the country was not liberated due to contribution of a single person. He criticised parliament, terming it non-function.


A question was raised as to whether the government will file a review petition before Sinha’s retirement in February or not.


Some legal experts think after Sinha’s retirement, other judges will be able to settle a review petition and alter judgment if they deem it fit.


Some other lawyers opine that none but Sinha can change his observations in the verdict.