Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday said some of the Supreme Court verdicts are not being implemented properly even after contempt of court proceedings are initiated to this effect, which is very unfortunate.
All the authorities concerned of the state are constitutionally obligated to comply with the SC directives, he said.
The chief justice said this while speaking as the chief guest at a meeting, organised virtually to launch two books on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Liberation War written by two SC judges.
Of the books, “Bangabandhu Bangladesh: Ekjon Juddhoshishur Golpo O Onyanya” (Bangabandhu Bangladesh: Story of a War Child and Others) has been written by Justice Obaidul Hassan, a judge of the SC’s Appellate Division.
Another book titled “Bangabandhu: Sangbidhan Ain Adalot O Onyanya” (Bangabandhu: Constitution, Law, Court and Others)” has been written by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, a judge of the SC’s High Court Division.
The chief justice said there is no necessity for setting up a cell to ensure implementation of the SC judgements as all the authorities are bound to abide by the verdicts as per article 112 of the constitution.
Article 112 states, “All authorities, executive and judicial, in the Republic shall act in aid of the Supreme Court.”
“We can initiate contempt of court proceedings for non-implementation of our verdict. But, we are tired of doing so,” he said.
“The government is the custodian of the people’s properties and the court is bound to protect those. I hope each and every judgement of the Supreme Court will be executed properly with the assistance from the executive,” the chief justice said.
He said this in response to a request from historian and researcher Prof Muntassir Mamoon for forming a cell to ensure implementation of the SC directives. Prof Mamoon told the event that many SC directives on the public interest cases were not executed and urged the chief justice to form a cell to ensure proper implementation of those.
The chief justice said it is a great achievement that trials of Bangabandhu killing and 1971 war crimes have been completed, which need to be presented before the international communities.
The spirit of the Liberation War needs to be implemented for building the country as dreamt by Bangabandhu, he said, adding that the judiciary will play its due role in this regard.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice M Imman Ali, senior judge of the Appellate Division, said corruption is everywhere still now, although Bangabandhu had raised his voice time and again to eradicate corruption from the country.
He also mentioned that the country’s courts have a backlog of 40 lakh cases.
“The judicial system has to be changed as Bangabandhu had emphasised on it. The key to bring the change is in our hand. We must bring the change. This is the high time,” Justice Imman Ali added.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin, eminent actor and member of parliament Asaduzzaman Noor, member of Liberation War Museum’s board of trustees Mofidul Hoque, editor-in-chief of Ekattor TV Mozammel Haque Babu and writer and Prothom Alo deputy editor Anisul Hoque, among others, spoke on the occasion.