The government on Monday issued service rules and conduct for lower court judges, two days before the Appellate Division is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter.
“The 24-page gazette was issued and sent to BG Press for publication. We are hoping to get published the gazette very shortly,” law ministry’s spokesperson Dr Md Rezaul Karim told BSS.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on December 10 granted the state three days more time for finalising and publishing the gazette.
The apex court on December 3 granted the state time till December 10 for publishing the gazette.
The order came following Law Minister Anisul Huq’s recent remarks that the gazette would be published very soon as its draft has already been sent to the President’s office.
The then Chief Justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, who was very much vocal about the gazette, left the country for Australia on October 13, taking leave on health grounds. He later sent his resignation letter.
“Conduct rules for the lower court judges’ will put an impact on the discipline of the judiciary. So, we are now scrutinizing all the relevant issues regarding the rules so that it cannot be questioned once the gazette notification is published,” Law Minister Huq said earlier.