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Proposed 16th amendment Stakeholders’ opinion to be taken: Minister

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anisul_haqueStaff Reporter
The government will take opinion of all stakeholders during the formulation of the follow-up rules on the 16th amendment to the Constitution.
This was stated separately to the reporters by Law Minister Anisul Huq and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Suranjit Sengupta on Wednesday.
Talking to the reporters on Parliament premises, the Law Minister said “We’ll take opinion of all during the formulation of the follow-up rules on the (16th) amendment.”
The follow-up rules will be formulated within three months after the amendment is okayed by the Parliament, he said, adding that the Constitution (16th amendment) Bill 2014 will be passed in the current session.
When his attention was drawn to the movement by a section of lawyers, Anisul Huq said: “What they’ve done is no violation of law. So, I’ve nothing to say in this regard.”
He, however, added that it is an independent and democratic country. All citizens have the right to freely express their opinion in the independent and democratic country.
Asked whether the government will take suggestion from the lawyers who are now opposing the proposed 16th amendment, the Law Minister said: “When we’ll formulate the rules, we’ll definitely take their suggestions.”
Meanwhile, Suranjit Sengupta at a press briefing in the Parliament Media Centre today (Wednesday) said that since the restoration of the article 96 of the Constitution is a settled issue, there is nothing to discuss about it.
He, however, said the enactment of the follow-up law will be an issue of consultation. The opinions of all stakeholders will be taken about the formation of the inquiry committee - how many members it will have, who will be the members and what power they will exercise.
The committee will have representatives from the judiciary, he added.
The Awami League advisory council member said: “We’ll enact the law after arriving at a consensus…. there should be no more confusion in this regard.”
He further said there’ll be no preamble in this law, though it is there in the proposed bill placed in Parliament.
Suranjit said: “The proposed (16th) amendment to the Constitution will brighten the image of the Supreme Court… Parliament and Supreme Court complement each other.”
He said the parliamentary standing committee scrutinized the proposed 16th constitution amendment bill impartially. “We want to uphold the image of the judiciary especially the Supreme Court.”
Speaking at the briefing, the standing committee member and also former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru said the proposed amendment will be futile unless the follow-up rules are enacted.
Committee members Sahara Khatun, Ziaul Haque Mridha, Talukder Md Yunus and Safura Begum were also present at the briefing, arranged after the parliamentary standing committee’s 2nd consecutive day’s meeting that scrutinized the proposed Constitution (Sixteen Amendment) Bill 2014.
On Sunday, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq placed the bill in Parliament that was sent to the relevant parliamentary standing committee asking it to submit its report within one week.
The proposed amendment on Article 96 said that a judge shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed in pursuant to a resolution of Parliament by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the total number of members, on the ground of proved misconduct or incapacity.