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Who will be the next Attorney General?

Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 22:23, 28 September 2020   Update: 22:23, 28 September 2020
Who will be the next Attorney General?

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Mahbubey Alam, the 13th Attorney General and longest-serving Chief Legal Officer in the history of Bangladesh has died of coronavirus on Sunday (September 27). After a day of his death, rumors were spreading in the country's highest court about who would be the country's 14th attorney general. Analysis is going on in the court over the constitutional post of the state.

According to court sources, lawyers are lobbying at the highest level of the government to hold the post as Attorney General Mahbubey Alam died of coronavirus. In the meantime, the names of some people are being heard very loudly. Among them are three additional Attorney Generals - Murad Reza, Md. Mamtaz Uddin Fakir, SM Munir. Besides, the names of some influential pro-Awami League lawyers are also being heard. Among them are AM Amin Uddin, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, and MK Rahman, former additional attorney general.

The Attorney General is a constitutional post who gives legal advice to the government on the constitution, general law, international treaties, and other important issues. He also presents at the government's pay court. The Attorney General is appointed by the President according to article 64.(1).

According to article 64.(1), the President shall appoint a person who is qualified to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court to be Attorney General for Bangladesh. Article 64. (4) states that the Attorney General shall hold office during the pleasure of the President, and shall receive such remuneration as the President may determine.

A former law official, who has long held important positions in the Attorney General's Office, said Murad Reza, Momtaz Uddin Fakir, and SM Muni are currently serving as additional attorney generals. Among them, Additional Attorney General Murad Reza is ahead in terms of seniority. It is quite certain that he will be the acting Attorney General until the appointment of the next Attorney General.

On January 8, 2009, a week after the Awami League-led grand alliance government took office, the post of Attorney General was changed. The then-senior advocate Mahbubey Alam replaced attorney general Salahuddin Ahmed on January 13, 2009.