Justice Khairul made as Law Commission chair

Bangladesh on 28 July 2013
Location : Bangladesh | Source : New Age

The government appointed former chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque chairman of the Bangladesh Law Commission, a law ministry notification said on Tuesday.

Justice Khairul Haque on the day said that he had received the letter of appointment as chairman of the Law Commission and would take his responsibility on Wednesday.

The government appointed Khairul the Law Commission chair for the next three years providing him with similar remuneration and others facilities he had enjoyed as chief justice.

Khairul was appointed chief justice on September 30, 2010. He retired on May 17, 2011. Khairul came to the limelight following his High Court verdict in 2005 declaring the fifth amendment to the constitution (martial law tenures of former presidents Mustaque Ahmed, Ziaur Rahman and Justice Justice Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem) illegal. He also declared the 13th amendment to the constitution (caretaker provision) illegal in 2011.

The office of the Law Commission chairman had fallen vacant since former High Court judge, Justice Abdur Rashid, resigned for some differences of opinions with the law ministry in October 2010, sources in the commission said.
The commission’s member M Shah Alam was performing as the acting chairman after Justice Rashid had resigned.

The Law Commission, set up in 1996 to help modernise the law and judicial system, had been inactive for shortage of manpower and logistic supports for a long time.Former chief Justice ATM Afzal was the first chairman of the commission.

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