Write-up on ‘SC Judge meeting with SQC family’ : SC larger bench to hear contempt rule on Janakantha editor, executive editor tomorrow

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Date : Sunday, 9 August 2015
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The chief justice, SK Sinha, on Sunday constituted a larger Appellate Division bench with all of its seven-judge to hear tomorrow the contempt matter against Janakantha editor Mohammad Atiquallah Khan Masud and executive editor Swadesh Roy.
On July 29, a four-judge bench chaired by the chief justice issued on a contempt suo moto rule against the two contemnors for the contemptuous write-up, written by Swadesh Roy, published on July 16, under the headline ‘Activities of SQC family: Escape route narrows.’
The decision of reconstituting the bench of the chief justice, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultan, Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique came after the contemnors prayed keeping the chief justice out of the bench to ensure justice as the write up questioned his partiality and integrity.
The four judges along with the Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Muhammad Imman Ali and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury will hear the contempt matter tomorrow after reconstitution of the bench.
Atiqullah Khan and Swadesh Roy in their reply to the bench justified the write-up stating that it was published in ‘good faith’ and in the ‘public interest’ in properly analyzing the ‘material information and evidences’.
They also submitted a compact disc that allegedly recorded conservations of the chief justice and a judge of the Appellate Division about Salauddin’s matter.
Freedom of the press is the fundamental right of a journalist to tell the whole truth is the need of a democratic country, they said.
In the contempt rule, the four-judge bench had asked the contemnors to explain by August 3 they should not be prosecuted and punished for contempt of the court by making ‘derogatory’ remarks and also ‘questioning the integrity, impartiality and demean’ the judges of the highest court and ‘undermining the authority of the court’, through the write-up.
In the write-up the writer raised the question how the members of family of condemned war crime prisoner Salauddin Quader Chowdhury could meet one of the judges who tried him.
The bench had issued the contempt rule on July 29 after upholding the death sentence handed down on Salauddin Quader Chowdhury by the international crime tribunal-1.

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