The Appellate Division's Justice Mirza Hussain Haider has retired with a request to all concerned that the image of the Supreme Court, which stands with its white building as the symbol of justice, should not be tarnished.
Speaking about the independence of the judiciary, he said, "The judiciary is constitutionally independent, but we all know and understand how it is in reality.
"The boundaries of the three divisions of the state (executive, legislative and judiciary) are specified in the constitution, where there are also instructions to complement each other. The constitution specifies who will work how much from within their respective areas, so that no one can cross the line."
He made the comment at a meeting on the occasion of his farewell ceremony. The judge who has retired from the judiciary as he has reached the age prescribed by the constitution, was bid farewell on Sunday.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin on behalf of the Attorney General's Office, and Secretary of the Bar Association Barrister Ruhul Quddus Kajal on behalf of the Supreme Court Bar Association bade farewell to Justice Mirza Hussain Haider.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, judges of the Appellate Division and lawyers were also present at the virtual event.
Regarding the country's judicial system, Justice Mirza Hussain Haider said, "I believe that the judicial system of Bangladesh will become more mature and improved through the joint efforts of all. Collective efforts and endeavors are a prerequisite for the establishment of justice."
"Therefore, everyone involved in the judiciary including the judges have to work closely. In order to ensure justice and fairness, it is essential that the officials from the lowest to the highest ranks of the judiciary be united," he continued.
"The judiciary moves at its own pace. No one can stop its speed even after hundreds of attempts. No matter how many obstacles or repercussions come, no one will be able to stop the speed of the judiciary because of our determined and united efforts," he added.
Born on 1 March 1954, Mirza Hussain Haider earned his LLB and LLM degrees from the Law Department of the Dhaka University. He later joined the district court in 1979, the High Court Division in 1981 and the Appellate Division in 1999.
On 3 July 2001, he was appointed the additional judge of the High Court Division and on 3 July, 2003, he was appointed the permanent judge.
On 8 February 2016, Mirza Hossain Haider became a justice of the Appellate Division.