Bangladesh judge's law degree cancelled
Mar 4, 2007 - 7:04:03 PM

Dhaka, March 4 - A high court judge in Bangladesh has had his law degree cancelled for tampering with his mark sheet.

The Chittagong University Saturday cancelled the Bachelor of Law and bachelor's - certificates of Justice Faisal Mahmud Fayezee, in the case first brought to light by two newspapers.

Other judges refused to share the bench with him and lawyers refused to appear before him once the decision of the Chittagong University Syndicate became known, media reports said Sunday.

Some lawyers entered his courtroom Saturday and asked him to resign.

'New Age' newspaper said President Iajuddin Ahmed had confirmed Fayezee's judgeship last year, ignoring recommendations of the then chief justice.

Fayezee is one of the 100 former students whose certificates have been cancelled following recommendations of a five-member probe committee.

The mark sheet scandal broke out when Fazaeyee was appointed an additional judge, along with 18 others in 2004.

Two national dailies, 'Prothom Alo' and 'Bhorer Kagaj' had published reports on October 30, 2004, saying that Justice Fayezee, who was then an additional judge of the high court, had obtained his Bachelor of Law certificate through unfair means.

The judge had then denied the allegations.

According to the reports, Fayezee had tampered with the marks certificate in the Muslim Law examination in 1989.

The Bangladesh Bar Council, the statutory regulatory body for lawyers, on April 24, 2004 cancelled the advocateship licence of Fayezee on the allegation that he had obtained the licence producing doctored results and false date of birth.

However, the high court on May 7, 2005, stayed the operation of the Bar's decision and issued a rule asking it to explain within eight weeks why the cancellation of the advocateship certificate of Justice Fayezee would not be declared illegal. The rule is yet to be disposed of.

Amid protests of the Supreme Court Bar Association, the then chief justice put Fayezee out of the bench on October 31, 2004 and he had been out for a long time. He was, however, later allowed to perform judicial functions.

His service as a high court judge was confirmed by the president on Aug 22 last year, reportedly ignoring the chief justice's recommendations, 'New Age' newspaper said on Sunday.

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