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Bangladesh judge faces certificate tampering charges

Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed has sought a probe into allegations of certificate tampering by controversial High Court judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee.

world Updated: Mar 28, 2007 12:34 IST

Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed has sought a probe into allegations of certificate tampering by controversial High Court judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee.

The Chittagong University (CU) authorities had earlier this month cancelled the graduation certificates of Faizee, who was appointed an HC judge in 2004, along with few others after a probe committee found evidence of tampering with tabulation sheets.

In 2004, two local dailies reported that Faizee, one of the 19 additional judges appointed on August 23, 2004, had tampered with his mark sheet of Muslim law examinations he sat from Chittagong Law College in 1989.

A CU enquiry committee formed on April 25, 1996 revealed the fraud.

The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) is expected to hear the case today. If Faizee is found guilty of "gross misconduct" for forgery of certificate, the President may remove him from office.

The presidential approval to form the SJC came after Chief Justice M. Ruhul Amin sent a letter to the head of state on March 12 seeking his permission for its formation, law ministry officials said.