Many of the country's laws have become obsolete and are of little
effect in doing investigation and delivering justice in modern times,
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said yesterday.
Referring to the sensational murder of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, he said the
crime that happened in Comilla was committed in a “scientific,
This crime cannot be investigated and tried under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which was written in 1898.
The investigation should be done in a “digitalised way, [following] new methods.”
He also pointed out that the “obsolete mentality, the mentality of
police officers” were not fit for conducting a proper investigation in
The CJ was addressing the launching of two books -- “Bangladeshe
Ainer Sangskar o Ain Commission” and “Selected Writings on International
Law, Constitutional Law and Human Rights” -- by Law Commission member
Prof M Shah Alam at Dhaka University's Senate Building.
The chief justice criticised lawmakers for their “lack of interest”
in laws. “The biggest thing about our lawmakers is their ignorance about
Mentioning that he himself is ignorant about some issues, he said
lawmakers showed little interest in studying and concentrating on laws.
New laws and constitutional amendments are not discussed in
parliament, he said, adding: “When we bring the parliamentary debates
for a better understanding of the act, we find nothing [in the debate].”
Talking about the trial process in general, he said, trials are now
being conducted with the help of different government circulars. This
creates additional pressures on the judiciary and results in
About the massive backlog of cases and the lengthy legal procedures,
he said, “Nobody is getting justice. In my knowledge, the second, third
generation of the person who goes to court, may get the result
[verdict]. Is this justice? This is mockery, I feel.”
A total reform of the system is needed to reduce the backlog of cases and people's harassment in court.
Replying to a comment by Prof Abul Barkat about the judiciary, the
chief justice said irregularities were taking place in every nook and
cranny in the country where the judiciary was not from a different
“The judges of this country are our children. The lawyers of this country are part of the society.”
So, in no way it can be expected that all the people in the judiciary
are angels, he said, adding that some irregularities could be found in
5-10 percent cases.
Speaking at the programme, National Human Rights Commission Chairman
Prof Mizanur Rahman criticised the Election Commission for not using its
executive power to prevent polls-time violence, which killed at least
31 people in the two phases.