Bangladesh entrust parliament to criticize judges

Bangladesh’s parliament now has the authority to criticize  Supreme Court judges after lawmakers late Wednesday voted to approve a much-debated amendment to the Constitution.The amendment passed unanimously in a voice vote of 327-0.

Critics of the amendment, including senior jurists, said it was a thinly veiled way for the ruling party to keep the judiciary under control. But Law Minister Anisul Haque, who proposed the change, said the amendment allows parliament to impeach judges on grounds of “misbehaviour or incapacity”.

Bangladesh’s judiciary, often riddled with corruption, enjoys relative freedom but the appointment of senior judges is often influenced by authorities. Major opposition parties opposed the government’s move to amend the constitution, saying authorities will systematically influence the judiciary, especially when it comes to politically sensitive cases.

curtesy : The Hindu


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