Pro-Awami League and pro-BNP lawyers yesterday staged demonstrations on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises blaming each other over the issue related to Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar Sinha's leave.
Justice SK Sinha has been on a month's leave since October 3 on health grounds.
Ruling Awami League-backed lawyers formed a human chain and held a rally under the banner of Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad in front of the SCBA office saying that the pro-BNP and pro-Jamaat lawyers were making an issue out of CJ's leave.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, AL Presidium Member Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad's Convener Yusuf Hossain Humayun and its Member Secretary Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairman Abdul Baset Majumder, Awami League leaders Sahara Khatun, SM Rezaul Karim, Additional Attorney General Murad Reza, Rabiul Alam Budu, Azhar Ullah Bhuiyan, and Noor-A Alam Uzzal attended the meeting, among others.
They said pro-BNP and -Jamaat lawyers would not be allowed to fish in troubled waters over the issue.
Meanwhile, SCBA, which is currently dominated by pro-BNP lawyers, led by its President Zainul Abedin and Secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, staged demonstration at the same time and held a rally in front of the office of SCBA president protesting what they said confinement of the chief justice.
They alleged that the ruling AL-led government had sent CJ on a forced leave. They said they would continue their demonstration until Justice SK Sinha returns to the SC.
Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Abed Raza, Taimur Alam Khandker, Golam Mohammad Chowdhury Alal and Gazi Kamrul Islam Sajal, Umme Kulsum Rekha and Sagir Hossain Leon, among others, spoke on the occasion.