Law Minister: Tribunal’s statement on recording rape case embarrassing for judges

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The chief justice has seized the trial conducting power of Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said the statement of Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar over registering rape cases is embarrassing for other judges.

“That (statement of the said judge) was a wrong direction for the law enforcement agency. So, taking action against her was very necessary. She will be asked to show cause. She will be asked to explain why she made that observation,” the law minister said.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters about seizing the judge’s trial conducting power.

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain early on Sunday temporally seized the trial conducting power of Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar of Dhaka 7th Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal and asked her not to sit in the courtroom, effective immediately.
A letter was sent to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs from the Supreme Court in the morning to temporarily revoke her criminal jurisdiction and to attach her to the Law and Justice Division of the ministry by withdrawing her from her current workplace, it said.

The judge created resentment across the country with her observation in Banani’s Raintree hotel double rape case judgement, asking police not to register rape cases 72 hours after the incident.

Opining that the statement of the judge goes against the law and basic human rights provided by Article 31 of the constitution, the law minister said the judge has violated both law and the constitution.

Kamrunnahar’s Tribunal on November 11 pronounced the judgement in the sensational double rape case, acquitting all the accused of the charges.
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