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Call for ending attacks on Bangladeshi Chief Justice

Uphold the spirit and guidance of the national constitution, says Bishop Gervas Rozario

Call for ending attacks on Bangladeshi Chief Justice

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The Chief Justice is under attack from the ruling Awami League party over a ruling curtailing the powers of parliament. ( photo)  

August 29, 2017

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A Catholic bishop has called for an end to tirades from the ruling party in Bangladesh against a constitutional amendment judgment made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

A seven-member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha ruled July 3 that the amendment to the constitution is "illegal and unconstitutional."

The full 799-page judgment and observations was published on Aug. 1, sparking demands for Sinha's resignation.

The amendment restored parliament's authority to impeach and remove Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity.

"In this we must uphold the spirit and guidance of the national constitution," said Bishop Gervas Rozario, chairman of Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace. "If there is any confusion and conflict, dialogue is the best way to sort it out."

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