AG Mahbubey Alam laid to rest His void will be difficult to fill, says PM
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 While adopting a condolence motion at regular weekly cabinet meeting from her official residence Ganabhaban virtually, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said, “Attorney General Mahbubey Alam’ death is a great loss for the country. His wisdom, talents and knowledge were essential for the country”, reports The Daily Star.  The premier said, “He used to consider everything judiciously and with a cool head; he solved many complex cases properly. As the chief law officer of the country, Mahbubey Alam worked with great success.”  Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has been laid to rest in Mirpur Intellectuals Graveyard in Dhaka, reports Dhaka Tribune.
 He was buried around yesterday 1pm following a namaz-e-janaza held on the premises of Supreme Court.  Mahbubey Alam, 71, passed away at the CMH around 7:25pm on Sunday.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, other judges of Appellate Division, judges of the High Court Division, Cabinet members, eminent jurists, senior lawyers, politicians, and leaders of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Bangladesh Bar Council attended the funeral prayer around 11:35am.
According to Supreme Court officials, the benches of the Appellate Division and High Court didn’t hear any matter yesterday in line with an order from the chief justice, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Mahbubey Alam, 71, passed away at the CMH around 7:25pm on Sunday, nearly four weeks after he was diagnosed with the deadly COVID-19. He was admitted to the hospital on September 4 after being diagnosed with the viral disease.
The former SCBA president, who had been practicing law at the High Court since 1975, has left behind his wife, journalist son Sumon Mahbub, and lawyer daughter Shishir Kona, apart from many relatives and well-wishers.
Mahbubey Alam had been the state’s chief legal officer for 11 years, since January 13, 2009. He was also chairman of the Bangladesh Bar Council, a position reserved for the attorney general, reports bdnews24.com.
He represented the state on a good number of major cases before the Supreme Court, including the Bangabandhu assassination case, and cases concerning the constitution’s fifth, seventh and 13th amendments.
He also led the state in multiple 1971 war crimes cases, especially those against Abdul Quader Molla, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, and Motiur Rahman Nizami.
As the chief state lawyer, with many other important cases under his belt, Mahbubey Alam also led the prosecution in the BDR mutiny case and the case over the 16th constitutional amendment.
President Hamid and Prime Minister Hasina, in their statements on Sunday, remembered his contributions in these cases and in establishing the rule of law.