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Thirteenth Amendment

Thirteenth Amendment

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESHAPPELLATE DIVISION
PRESENT:
 
Mr. Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haque.-Chief Justice.Mr. Justice Md. Muzammel Hossain.Mr. Justice S. K. Sinha.Mr. Justice Md. Abdul Wahhab Miah.Ms. Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana.Mr. Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.Mr. Justice Muhammad Imman Ali.
 
CIVIL APPEAL No. 139 of 2005 with CIVIL PETITIONFOR LEAVE TO APPEAL NO.596 OF 2005.
(From the certificate granted under Article 103(2)(a) of the Constitutionof the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and from judgment and orderdated 4.8.2004 passed by the High Court Division in Writ Petition No.4112 of 1999 )
Abdul Mannan Khan ..................
Appellant.
 
(In C.A. No.139/20005)
Abdul Mannan Khan ...................
Petitioner
(In C. P. No.596/2005) 
-VERSUS-
 Government of Bangladesh, represented by the Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justiceand Parliamentary Affairs and others.: ..................
Respondents.
(In both the cases)
For the Appellant.(In C.A. No.139/05): Mr.M.I. Farooqui, Senior Advocate(with Mr. Mohsin Rashid, Advocate)instructed by Mr. M.G. Bhuiyan,Advocate-on-Record.
For the Petitioner.
(In C.P.No.596/05): Mr.M.I. Farooqui, Senior Advocate(with Mr. Mohsin Rashid, Advocate)instructed by Mr. M. G. Bhuiyan,Advocate-on-Record
For Respondent Nos.1-2.
(In C.A. No.139/05): Mr. Mahbubey Alam, AttorneyGeneral, with Mr. M. K. Rahman,Additional Attorney General, Mr.Murad Reza, Additional AttorneyGeneral, Md. Mothahar Hossain Saju,Deputy Attorney General, A.B.M.Altaf Hossain, Deputy AttorneyGeneral, Md. Ekramul Haque,
 
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Assistant Attorney General, Khandaker Diliruzzaman, Assistant AttorneyGeneral, Amit Talukder, AssistantAttorney General, instructed by Mr. B.Hossain, Advocate-on-Record.
Respondent Nos.3-7.(
In C. A. No.139/05): Not represneted.
Respondents.
(In C.P.No.596/05): Not represented.
As amici curiae
:
Mr. T.H. Khan, Senior AdvocateDr. Kamal Hossain, Senior AdvocateMr. Rafique-ul-Huq, Senior AdvocateDr. M. Zahir, Senior AdvocateMr. M. Amirul Islam, Senior AdvocateMr. Mahmudul Islam, Senior AdvocateMr. Rokanuddin Mahmud, Senior AdvocateMr. Ajmalul Hossain, Senior Advocate
Dates of hearing. : 01.03.2011, 10.03.2011, 21.03.2011,22.03.2011,24.03.2011, 30.03.2011,31.03.2011, 03.04.2011, 04.04.2011,06.04.2011 & 10.05.2011.
J U D G M E N TA.B.M. KHAIRUL HAQUE, C.J. :-
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It is hereby declared:(1)
 
The appeal is allowed by majority without any order as to costs.(2)
 
The Constitution (Thirteenth amendement) Act, 1996 (Act 1 of 1996)is prospectively declared void and ultra vires the Constitution.(3)
 
The election of the Tenth and the Eleventh Parliament may be heldunder the provisions of the above mentioned Thirteenth Amendmenton the age old prinicples, namely, quod alias non est licitum,necessitas licitum facit (That which otherwise is not lawful, necessitymakes lawful), salus populi suprema lex (safety of the people is thesupreme law) and salus republicae est suprema lex (safety of theState is the Suprme law).The parliament, however, in the meantime, is at liberty to bringnecessary amendments excluding the provisions of making theformer Chief Justices of Bangladesh or the Judges of the AppellateDivision as the head of the Non-Party Care-taker Government.The Judgment in detail would follow.The connected Civil Petition for leave to appeal No.596 of 2005 isaccordingly, disposed of.”
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Upon hearing Mr. M.I. Farooqui the learned Counsel for the petitioner insupport of the petition and the learned Attorney General appearing for theBangladesh who opposed the petition and as serious points of constitutionalimportance emerged out of the arguments of the learned counsel and the learnedAttorney General, let a rule nisi be issued upon the respondents calling uponthem to show cause as to why the impugned Constitution (Thirteen Amendment)Act, 1996 (Act No. 1 of 1996) (Annexure “A” & “A-1 to the petition) shouldnot be declared to be ultra vires of the constitution of the People’s Republic of 

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