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16TH AMENDMENT: Judges caught in political divide, govt in quicksand

16TH AMENDMENT: Judges caught in political divide, govt in quicksand

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The writ petition challenging the 16th Amendment to the Constitution abruptly rekindled the ferocious debate over whether MPs should have the power to sack judges.

The hearings at the top appeals court detonated a bitter battle that did not simply dominate news coverage, but also spilled over into daily political discourse up and down the country; temperatures rising as distinguished legal experts weighed in with conflicting opinions.
But the media debate became lopsided when all the 'amici curiae' - court advisors - except one, echoed each other. As arguments escalated between politicians from the ruling and opposition camps, the Appellate Division verdict came out - raising the opposition's sagging spirits but leaving government ministers fuming about some of the observations.

The chief justice drew a torrent of criticism as the judiciary and ruling politicians became locked in an extraordinary stand-off. As more and more people got sucked into the debate, former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque, chairman of the Law Commission, weighed in with a damning criticism of the verdict.

The brouhaha formed the backdrop to a blow-by-blow analysis of the 799-page verdict by former Supreme Court judge Abdur Rashid, which bdnews24.com published as a three part series.
In response to this critical moment bdnews24 publishing limited has decided to print Justice Rashid's analysis in full in the form of a booklet. It will hopefully serve to provide context for the interested reader regardless of where they stand on the verdict.

ISBN: 978-984-93089-0-4
Cover Design: Mutasim Billah Pinto
Pages: 52
Price: 300
16TH AMENDMENT: Judges caught in political divide, govt in quicksand

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