‘Judgegate’ in Pirojpur draws TIB’s concern for judicial independence
Publish- March 05, 2020, 01:51 AM
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Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday expressed concern over the stand release of Pirojpur district Judge Abdul Mannan, terming the brazenness an ominous sign to the country’s judiciary system.
The stand release of Abdul Mannan, Judge of District and Sessions Court in Pirojpur, was issued just four hours after he denied bail pleas of former Awami League MP AKM Awal and his wife Lyla Parveen on Tuesday. Mannan has been attached to the foreign ministry.
The ex-MP and his wife couple were sent to jail in three separate graft cases on charges of grabbing government land.
The incident triggered widespread criticism and reached the usual crescendo on social media.
Reacting to Sanders, the anti-graft watchdog urged the government to effectively decouple the judiciary from the executive department for the sake of upholding rule of law and justice in the country.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of TIB, described the incident as unprecedented. “The incident would be considered a horrific example of obstructing rule of law, justice and a responsive democracy with accountability,” he said in a statement.
He also feared that the incident could empower the vested quarter who advocate the culture of impunity and practicing executive, political power over the judiciary.
“We urge the government and political leaders to avoid such suicidal ways and to pursue effective ways to make the judiciary truly independent,” he added.