The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) faction loyal to BNP and Jamaat at a sit-in yesterday (January 18) demanded resignation of Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque.
The sit-in was held in front of the CJ's office in protest against his recent move fixing cases for hearing on priority basis and reconstituting some High Court benches for hearing.
SCBA President Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Secretary Badruddoza Badal led the programme joined by a few hundred pro-BNP and Jamaat lawyers.
A High Court judgment of 2005 prohibits holding of any meetings, processions or gatherings on the SC premises, said Additional Attorney General MK Rahman.
“Nobody should violate an HC verdict,” he told The Daily Star.
In the hour-long protest that started around 1:00pm, the lawyers also chanted slogans against the CJ.
SC sources said the chief justice has recently classified some cases for disposal on priority basis to reduce the huge backlog of cases in the HC, and has reconstituted some benches for hearing of those.
The cases were mainly filed under the jurisdiction of writ, criminal, civil, anticipatory bail and motion (petitions on which any rule was not issued).
During the sit-in, Khandker Mahbub urged the chief justice to change his decisions within seven days.
He told reporters the CJ has to allow the HC judges discharge their constitutional duties. Otherwise the SCBA will go for tougher movement against him.
Additional police personnel were deployed around CJ's Supreme Court office during the sit-in