The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today directed the law ministry to issue a gazette notification finalising the disciplinary and conduct rules for lower court judges by January 15 next year.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha led eight-member bench of the Appellate Division passed the order after hearing on the explanation by two secretaries of Ministry of Law regarding the issue.
During hearing the two secretaries of law ministry -- ASSM Zahirul Haque Dulal and Mohammad Shahidul Haque -- appeared before the bench as per its earlier order.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.
The apex court came up with the order a day after the president decided that there is no need for a gazette notification on the rules regarding the discipline and conduct of the lower court judges.
Law ministry yesterday issued a notification about the president's decision.
The secretaries told the apex court that they act under the order of the higher authorities and the rules regarding the discipline and conduct of the lower court judges have been sent to the president.
The SC said the president has been misled regarding issuance of gazette notification on the rules
"You (AG) have wrongly explained the disciplinary and conduct rules to the President. We've not made any disciplinary and conduct rules for judicial officers and Bangladesh judicial service. We've just revised the ones provided by you as those were not consistent with the Masdar Hossain case," said the Chief Justice pointing at the Attorney General.
The law ministry officials could not do it if they had any minimum knowledge, the CJ added.
The court fixed January 15 for further hearing of the issue.