The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday asked the government to submit a written statement explaining why it is taking time to publish a gazette notification on the rules regarding the discipline and conduct of the lower court judges.
An-eight member SC bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, directed the authorities concerned to submit the statement by Monday as Attorney General Mahbubey Alam sought two weeks more to publish the gazette.
On February 5, the court ordered the authorities concerned to issue a gazette notification on the disciplinary and conduct rules for the lower court judges by today (Sunday).
On November 24, 2016, the Supreme Court gave the government one week to publish a gazette notification on the disciplinary rules for the judicial officers.
The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.
On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules for the lower court judges.
On May 7, 2015, the Law Ministry sent the draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.