yesteryears judges hardly made the newspapers. Even today
most do not. They almost maintained no contact with the public
outside the venerated environs of the court. They seemed to
make a deliberate effort not to. Needless to say their dignity
and authority were much respected and admired.
era of caretaker government, what with withdrawal of a judge
after allegations of bribery, illness on judgement morn, embarrassment
to suspend a hearing for years, controversial blanket appointments
and now mark-sheet 'tampering', some members of the judiciary
have sadly disappointed the taxpayers by undermining its sacrosanct
the judiciary is surely to be separated soon after the government
runs out of reasons to justify any more time extensions, these
unscrupulous members, although taken to task by chief justices,
have earned a separate yet unenviable niche in the media.
most news concerning a judge had some association with the
judicial system, you knew the one that hit the stands recently
was coming. You had to.
does a guy (hallowed or not) do if his municipality fails
to provide essential public facilities? He falls prey to nature,
which thankfully makes no discretion between the rich and
the poor, the learned and the ignorant, the hakim
calls when it wants to and where. Per chance if at that precise
overloaded moment you happen to be near the wall of an ambassador's
residence, so be it. You have to go ahead with the task at
hand or risk wetting your pants. Of the two the latter option
is more awkward, but it is difficult to make some juice-heen
police understand the fact of the matter.
refers to a back page news item carried by The Daily Star
on 31 October. It read: Judge detained for wayside leak (by)
Friday detained an additional judge of the High Court for
a few hours on charges of urinating on the wall of an ambassador's
residence in Gulshan.
one of the 19 whose recent appointment drew sharp criticism
from different quarters, was freed following intervention
by an official of the office of chief justice.
with his pants down in the evening, the man in disgrace introduced
himself as a High Court judge.
law enforcers then tried to contact the law minister but failed.
Officials at the law ministry, however, failed to recognise
the judge by name.
phone call was made to the residence of the chief justice,
an official went over to Gulshan Police Station and police
freed the judge on confirmation of his identity.
police and the ministry remained tight-lipped about the matter.
is very fine but the guy should be given a fair deal. What
if the judge was making a political statement, protesting
for instance that foreign country's foreign policy or its
internal human rights disposition? Or perhaps he was avenging
a similar act by the landlord. We will never be sure.
paper carried another sadder still news item the same day
on the front page.
asks HC judge to stand down
chief justice to remove Justice Faizee
Court Bar Association yesterday in an unprecedented move asked
an additional High Court judge to stand down immediately for
what it was his tampering with the LLB certificate….
dailies reported that Faizee (Justice Faisal Mahmud), one
of the 19 additional judges appointed on August 23, had tampered
with his mark sheet in Muslim Law examinations he sat from
Chittagong Law College in 1989. An inquiry committee of the
Chittagong University revealed the fraud.
not in the least insanity that a person who has been elevated
to the chair of a judge based on his forged documents shall
judge the morality of 'lesser' beings? Unacceptable, my Lord!
Star greeted the people with some good news the following
day, 1 November:
colleague refuses to sit with him
justice yesterday withdrew Additional Judge of the High Court
Faisal Mahmud Faizee in the face of allegations of his tampering
with the LLB examination results and lawyers' threat to boycott
protest by lawyers and the timely and judicious action of
the chief justice to immediately unseat the culpable judge
are laudable and exemplary. These are the ethical foundations
on which this institution can hope to survive, sustain and
prays and hopes in abated breath that the saying 'one foul
drop spoils the bucket' can never be true for the judiciary.
adverse publicity helpful for the much-talked-about and vaunted
misnomer 'image' of our country? You be the judge, my Lord!
(R) thedailystar.net 2004