SCBA leaders couldnot enter CJ s residence
Leaders of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said the law enforcers did not allow them to go to the residence of chief justice SK Sinha in the city on Friday (October 6th).
A delegation SCBA lawyers started from the Supreme Court premises to meet the chief justice at the Hare Road official residence, but their cars were stopped in front of Matsya Bhaban.
The police, however, denied such allegations, saying that it is "not the business" of the law enforcers to look after the appointments of the chief justice.
Law minister Anisul Huq on last Sunday said the chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, had applied for a one-month leave on health grounds.
The Supreme Court lawyers, having political affiliation with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), alleged that the chief justice was forced to take leave and he was effectively kept under house arrest.
No direct statement came from the chief justice himself, although he came out of his residence on Thursday to seek visa for Australia and to offer puja at Dhakeshwari Temple.
Around 3:30pm on Friday, pro-BNP lawyers informed the media in front of the chief justice's residence that a team of SCBA leaders led by its president Zainul Abedin would meet the chief justice around 5pm.
While members of intelligence agencies were already there, more police personnel were deployed in front of the residence.
SCBA vice president Umme Kulsum reached there around 5:15pm and said to the newsmen that they met acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah on Thursday. "There is no bar on meeting the chief justice," she quoted the acting chief justice as saying.
When the cars carrying the SCBA president and the general secretary reached the Matsya Bhaban intersection, the police halted them, SCBA president Zainul Abedin told over phone. "There were some junior lawyers in my car and I was in the general secretary's car," he added. Source by : Prothom Alo
The police men forced the lawyers to get down and searched for Zainul Abedin, the lawyers said. Then the police asked them to make u-turn and leave the place. The other car, carrying the SCBA president and the general secretary, too, returned, in view of the police conduct, they said.
When asked, deputy commissioner of Ramna zone police Maruf Hasan Sardar denied the allegation and said anybody could meet the chief justice should he allow them. "It's is not our business to look after who will meet the chief justice or who will not," he added.