NHRC chief disapproves of frequent contempt-of-court proceedings

Ref: National Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman Khan took exception to frequent contempt-of-court proceedings.

“The judges are hypersensitive. Sometimes, it appears that they are not born in this land. They bring contempt-of-court charges every now and then,” he said while presenting the keynote paper at a seminar.

The seminar on ‘Establishing the Rule of Law: Bottlenecks and Challenges’ was jointly organized by Dhaka School of Economics and Bangladesh Arthoneeti Samity at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.

Dr Mizan, a law and human rights professor of Dhaka University, also alleged that judges are sending children of 2-4 years of age into jail in the name of custody. “What type of judiciary is it?” he questioned.

Directing his shots towards the judges the human rights watchdog-body chief said, ”When will you wake up? Cannot you wake up from sleep even 40 years after impendence?”

Raising question at the seminar about the withdrawal of cases of political considerations, Suranjit Sengupta, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry, said, “How can an under-trial case be withdrawn on political considerations?”

He said, “Such an initiative is making the judiciary controversial and the common people are losing their faith in the judiciary.”

The senior leader of the ruling Awami League also opined that sustainable democracy is imperative for the rule of law and for sustainable democracy sound political culture is needed.

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