Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association Abdul Baset Majumder passed away at a hospital in the capital on Wednesday. He was 83.
He breathed his last around 8:15am while undergoing treatment at the United Hospital.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Abdul Baset Majumder. In a condolence message, the President said Abdul Baset Majumder’s contribution in establishing the rule of law in the country and providing legal assistance to the justice seekers would be remembered forever.
He said the death of Baset Majumdar is an irreparable loss for the country’s legal arena. In his death, the country lost a skilled lawyer.
The Head of State prayed for salvation of his departed soul and conveyed deepest condolences to his bereaved family members.
In her message of condolence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled the lawyer’s contribution to the profession of legal practice and his generous attitude in providing legal aid to the commoners.
She called Majumder as ‘close friend’ of the lawyers and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
He was admitted to the hospital on October 21 and put on life support on Monday after he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Baset Majumder was born on January 1, 1938 in the village of Shanichon in Cumilla’s Lalmai Upazila.
After obtaining a law degree from Dhaka University, he joined legal profession and got enlisted as a lawyer on September 28, 1966 in the lower court and on February 8, 1967 in the Dhaka High Court.
His namaz-e-janaza was held on National Eidgah premises after Zuhr prayer. He was buried at his family graveyard at village home in Cumilla following another namaz-e-janaza.
Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Jatiya Sangsad and Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader, among others, mourned the death of Baset Majumdar.
Lower courts in Dhaka and High Court and Supreme Court suspended all trial proceedings on Wednesday to mourn the death of Majumder.