President Abdul Hamid yesterday asked the three state organs — executive, legislature and judiciary — to work in unison giving priority to the welfare of the country and its people.
He was speaking at a function on the Supreme Court premises marking the first-ever Supreme Court Day.
“We have to bear in mind that no activity of any state organ hampers the function of others or hinders national interest,” he told the event hosted by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, who is performing functions of chief justice.
The president urged the Supreme Court judges to deliver their tasks with utmost caution as they hold the crucial authority of “judicial review”.
He said the higher judiciary role was very important in flourishing democracy, ensuring socio-cultural progress and consolidating the rule of law. He also lauded its performance that had helped restore people’s democratic rights particularly through declaring void the fifth and seventh constitutional amendments.
The president also appreciated the apex courts’ judges for their role in establishing the rule of law in the country.
The president asked the judiciary to bring dynamism in case management by using the facilities of information technology (IT). “Necessary steps will have to be taken to carry out official activities of countrywide courts in a digital system,” he said.
Noting that the “online cause-list” was introduced in the Supreme Court and the “online bail confirmation system” appeared effective there, the president emphasised digitising all files and records as the “Supreme Court is the Court of Records” also.
He also asked the SC administration to take pragmatic steps for preserving all the activities– from filing cases to pronouncing judgments– in digital system.
“Measures can be taken to produce the accused before court from jail and take deposition of witnesses through a videoconference. The Supreme Court will have to be active to implement the e-Judiciary in days to come as the government is very sincere about it,” he said.
Hamid also recalled the significant role of lawyers in establishing justice and the rule of law, and hoped that they would help ensure quick justice for the litigants with their talent, intelligence, honesty and sincerity.
“There is no alternative to democracy and good governance… Maintaining good relations and coordination among legislature, executive and judiciary is very urgent.”
At the outset of his speech, the president paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who presented a constitution on November 4, 1972, aimed at building a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh with no discrimination between the rich and the poor.
Law Minister Anisul Huq, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairman Abdul Baset Mojumder, Supreme Court Bar Association President Joynul Abedin and Judges Committee President Justice Mirza Hossain Haider also spoke. Judges, senior lawyers, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Justice Wahhab and other judges welcomed the president on his arrival on the SC premises, where he planted a Spanish Cherry sapling.