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Govt gets another extension to publish judge conduct gazette

  • Published at 07:31 am November 5th, 2017
Govt gets another extension to publish judge conduct gazette
On Sunday, the Supreme Court once again extended time for the issuance of the gazette notification, till December 3. The gazette addresses the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges. The Appellate Division bench, comprised of five-members, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order following a time-petition filed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Sunday morning. A noteworthy ruling in the Masdar Hossain case on December 2, 1999, the lower court judges issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules. Years later, the lower court judges officially separated in November 2007. The disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated. Two years ago, the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs sent the draft of the rules to the Supreme Court. On July 30, the Supreme Court declined to accept the draft of the disciplinary rules and code of conduct for lower court judges which was earlier submitted by the Law Minister to the Chief Justice, and proposed a meeting with the government to settle the issue. The court ordered the authorities concerned to issue the gazette notification on February 5 by one week. A month later, the government appealed for extending time and was granted two weeks on March 14. Thus far the apex court has expressed dissatisfaction at the government's failure to issue the gazette notification. The apex court has granted a myriad of extensions till date. Last year on November 24, the government was one week to publish the gazette notification. At present, the latest appeal the extension date stands at December 3 as mentioned earlier. This back and forth between the SC and the government has been ongoing since.
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