PIL verdict monitoring
No cell opened in SC in 11 yearsM Moneruzzaman
No initiative has yet been taken to set up a cell in the Supreme Court to monitor the implementation of the verdicts and orders issued by the court on public interest litigations even 11 years after the delivery of a High Court verdict in this regard.
The High Court on February 11, 2001 delivered the verdict saying, ‘The chief justice be kind enough to direct the Supreme Court registrar to open a monitoring cell to look after the implementation of the judgements and orders passed by the courts on public interest litigations whether the same is implemented in compliance of the order of the court.’
The Supreme Court registrar, AKM Shahidul Islam, told New Age that the office was not aware of the verdict.
‘I think the copy of the verdict was not sent to the office of the chief justice,’ he added.
He immediately directed the officials to search the High Court verdict, which was reported in IX Bangladesh Law Times (High Court Division), 2001, page 124, in the name of ‘Omar Sadat versus Bangladesh.’
The High Court bench of Justice Abu Sayeed Ahammed and Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury pronounced the verdict on a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Omar Sadat seeking its directives to free the footpaths in the capital city of encroachment.
The court directed the authorities to keep footpaths of the roads of the Dhaka city corporations clean and clear for passage.
In the verdict, the court also observed that the inspector general of police should send reports every month to the registrar and to the secretaries of the public works department and the home affairs ministries without fail on whether the court orders or verdicts on
public interest litigations were being implemented by the IGP and his subordinate police officers.
The High Court, in the verdict, also said, ‘In India, a cell has been opened for monitoring the judgement of the courts as to public interest litigation. But our country has not, which is required and is essential for proper care and attention to see as to whether the orders and mandamus issued by the courts in the litigation of this nature are implemented or not.’
The attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, admitted that a number of Supreme Court orders and directives were not being implemented.
He, however, told New Age that he had thought that the government should set up a special cell to implement Supreme Court orders related to public interest litigations.
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