Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury speaks at a scholarship-giving ceremony at Nawab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on DU campus on Monday. Law Minister Anisul Huq presents the keynote speech. Photo: BD Post

City Desk
Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has urged the judges to play a pivotal role in upholding the independence of judiciary in the country.
The Speaker said this while speaking at a scholarship-giving ceremony at Nawab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on Dhaka University campus as the chief guest on Monday.
Law Minister Anisul Huq presented the keynote speech in the function. Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof Dr Md. Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the programme with DU Treasurer and chairman of trustee board of the Justice Sikandar Ali Trust Fund Prof Dr Md. Kamal Uddin in the chair. Dean of the Faculty of Law Prof Dr Md. Rahmat Ullah attended the function as the special guest.
Justice Sikandar Ali Memorial Scholarship was given to two meritorious students of the Department of Law. Joyonto Kumar Mridha and Iffat Sazia Mim, third-year LLB students of the university, were awarded the scholarship. Justice Sikandar Ali is grandfather of the Speaker. In her speech, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said that lack of application of laws creates arbitrary rule of power.
Interpretation and application of law is done by the judges. Honest, fearless and resolute judges play the key role to establish the rule of law for upholding and strengthening democracy, she added.
She paid tribute to Justice Sikandar Ali and said, “My grandfather excelled both in his academic and professional life. His work will act as a valuable source of legal
education.”
Justice Sikandar Ali Trust Fund was set up at the Department of Law of Dhaka University on December 04 in 2016. Late Justice Sikandar Ali was born on January 1 in 1907 in Barolekha in Sylhet and died on December 31 in 1966.