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Judge Kamrunnahar stripped of criminal jurisdiction

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Judge Kamrunnahar stripped of criminal jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has stripped Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar of her criminal jurisdiction for granting bail to an accused in a rape case violating the apex court’s stay order.

Earlier, the judge was suspended and attached to the law ministry for passing an unlawful observation in another case that police should not entertain any rape case if it is filed after 72 hours of the incident.

In a press statement, Supreme Court spokesperson and Special Officer Saifur Rahman said the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hussain passed an order seizing the criminal jurisdiction of Judge Kamrunnahar on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Kamrunnahar appeared in the Appellate Division to clarify the bail order. Neither lawyers nor journalists were allowed to see the proceedings of the apex court on the judge.

It is learnt that the Appellate Division asked Kamrunnahar to appear in connection with the bail order.

The SC statement reads, “Former judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar, now attached to Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, appeared in person before Appellate Division of the Supreme Court at 9:30am Monday. After hearing item no-1 (matter relating to Kamrunnahar) of the cause-list, the Appellate Division passed an order seizing the criminal jurisdiction of the judge.”

On November 14, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain temporarily stripped the judge of her judicial power and ordered her attachment to the law ministry.

The SC temporarily seized the judicial power of Judge Kamrunnahar for making a controversial observation in her judgment on the Raintree hotel double rape case.

The SC asked Judge Kamrunnahar to refrain from discharging judicial duties until further decision, he said.

She was also withdrawn from the tribunal and attached to law ministry in compliance with the SC order.