The Supreme Court has barred three judges of its High Court Division from work over corruption allegations.
“A decision has been taken to keep three honourable judges of High Court Division out of work in the backdrop of the primary investigation that has been going on against them and consultation with the Honourable President regarding the affair. Subsequently, the three judges applied for leave,” said Mohammad Saifur Rahman, Special Officer at the Supreme Court, at a press briefing on Thursday.
Though the official refrained from mentioning the names of the three judges, it was learnt from court sources that the accused judges are: Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury, Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque, and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque.
On May 16, allegations concerning intervention in a case at a lower court as well as reversing a decree against the High Court Bench, consisting Justice Salma and Justice Zahirul came in view.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam took the matter to the Appellate Division, saying that the aforementioned bench illegally intervened and changed the verdict on a loan-related case involving the National Bank by the lower court through a decree.
Taking the allegation into account, an Appellate Division Bench, led by Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, scrapped all the decrees and orders taken by the bench on the case.