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Late CJ Habibur Rahman laid to eternal rest

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habiburStaff Reporter

Former chief justice and chief adviser of the 1996 caretaker government Muhammad Habibur Rahman was laid to eternal rest at city’s Banani Graveyard yesterday afternoon.

He was buried around 5:30 pm after the second namaz-e-janaza at Gulshan Azad mosque after Asar prayers.

His wife, two daughters, other close relatives and some Supreme Court judges and lawyers were present.

Earlier, his first namaz-e-janaza was held on the Supreme Court premises after Zohr prayers.

Law Minister Anisul Haque, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain, judges, lawyers and employees of the Supreme Court, among others, attended the janaza.

His body was kept at the Central Shaheed Minar at 11:40pm enabling people from all walks of life to pay their last respects to the former chief justice.

Earlier in the morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the Gulshan residence of the late former chief justice. She stood beside the coffin of Justice Habibur Rahman in solemn silence for some time and offered fateha.

The Prime Minister consoled the bereaved family members of the former chief justice and enquired about their wellbeing.

Muhammad Habibur Rahman passed away at a city hospital on Saturday night at the age of 85.

Born in India’s Murshidabad in 1930, Habibur Rahman obtained his BA Honours in 1949 and MA 1951 in History from Dhaka University and subsequently, BA Honours in 1958 and MA in 1962 in Modern History from the Oxford University.

He served as a judge of the High Court Division (1976-85), judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (1985-95), acting chief justice (1990-91) and as chief justice of Bangladesh (1995).

His juristic competence is demonstrated in his opinions and interpretations as pronounced in many of the Bangladesh Supreme Court's decisions concerning vital issues, such as, admiralty jurisdiction, amendment of the Constitution, citizenship, habeas corpus, administrative tribunals and court jurisdictions.