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Obaidul Hasan took oath as the 24th Chief Justice of Bangladesh

Patrick D Costa

Chief Justice Obaidul Hasan. Photo: Collected

Justice Obaidul Hasan has taken oath as the 24th Chief Justice of the country. Tuesday (September 26) at 11 o’clock President Md. Sahabuddin recited the oath to him in the Durbar Hall of Bangabhavan.

Before this, last Thursday (September 21), the matter of taking the oath was announced in a circular signed by Muhammad Mamunul Haque, Protocol Officer of the Supreme Court Registrar General’s Office and President’s Office.

On September 12 (Tuesday), the President appointed Senior Justice Obaidul Hasan as the 24th Chief Justice of the country. The Ministry of Law issued a notification in this regard.

According to the notification, the President has appointed Senior Justice Obaidul Hasan as the Chief Justice under the powers given in Article 95 (1) of the Constitution. It will be effective from the date of swearing-in, the notification said.

Obaidul Hasan, who was appointed as the 24th Chief Justice of the country without violation of seniority, obtained BSS, MSS and LLB degrees from Dhaka University. Then in 1986, he was certified by the District Bar Association as a lawyer. He was enrolled as a lawyer in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 1988 and in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in 2005.

Justice Obaidul Hasan served as Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General from 1996 to 2001. He joined the High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court as an Additional Judge on 30 June 2009. He was appointed as a permanent judge in the same department on June 6, 2011.

Joined on March 25, 2012 as a member of the International Criminal Tribunal-II formed to prosecute those involved in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. He was appointed as the Chairman of the War Crimes Trial Tribunal on 13 December of the same year and served until 15 September 2015. During his tenure at the International Criminal Tribunal-II, he delivered verdicts in 11 cases. He was appointed as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on September 3, 2020.

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