Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Khandker Mahbub Hossain on Wednesday (June 20) categorically declared the trial and punishment given by the mobile court during the recent 36-hour hartal (strike) fully unlawful and against human rights.
Some magistrates done the unlawful works misusing Mobile Court Act-2009, tarnishing image of the judiciary, he said at a press briefing at the SCBA building and urged them to refrain from such acts in future.
Otherwise, they have to face trail one day, he warned.
The briefing was attended, among others, by SCBA general secretary Barrister Badruddoza Badol, Al-Mamun Liton, Zainul Abedin and Fahima Nasrin Munni.
According to the act, the magistrates can try and punish the people on condition of getting their confession about the crimes, Khandker Mahbub said.
But, the mobile court tried and punished the pro-strike leaders and activists on the basis of their ‘so called’ confession, misusing the act, he alleged.
The lawyers and judges, who file cases and issue suo moto rule respective every now and then, are now silent even after the gross violation of human rights in the country, the bar president said.
The people didn’t have confidence over the judiciary, he said and cautioned the authorities saying that the country might go towards anarchy as “when rule of law ends, then anarchy starts.”