Judges’ salary hike: Govt stance irks SC

The Supreme Court has fixed Tuesday for hearing a government petition over the implementation of raising the salary and other allowances of its subordinate court judges as recommended by the Judicial Service Pay Commission (JSPC).A 6-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain, on Monday passed the order when Attorney General Mahbubey Alam filed a time petition during the hearing of a pending contempt of court case against the finance secretary over non-implementation of the apex court order on JSPC over the Masdar Hossain Case, known as the judiciary separation case.

The apex court on March 14 asked the government to increase the pay scale of the lower court judges by 30 percent instead of the 20 percent proposed by the government.

Passing the order, it had also asked the government to submit a report on compliance over the implementation of the pay scale by April 15 (Today).

Expressing dissatisfaction at the government’s dillydally in implementing the order, the Appellate Division told the Attorney General that when there is government’s good wishes it is seen that the decision is made in the morning and an ordinance is promulgated in the evening.

It said such attitude towards the highest judiciary cannot be taken easily as the government is not complying with the court order.

On July 19, 2012, the SC asked the government to fully implement by October 1 the recommendations of the JSPC formed in June 2007 in the light of the historic Masdar Hossain Case that separated the judiciary from the shackles
of the executive. UNB

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