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Barrister Rafique-ul Haque passes away

Barrister Rafique-ul Haque passes away

Eminent lawyer Barrister Rafique-ul Haque died at a hospital in the city on Saturday (Oct 24). He was 85.

Barrister Rafique, who had been suffering from old age complications,  breathed his last around 8:30 a.m. at Ad-Din Women's Medical College Hospital in the city, local media reported citing sources.

He left behind his son Barrister Fahim-ul-Haque.

Barrister Rafique’s third Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at the Supreme Court premises around 2 p.m. following two Namaz-e-Janazas at Ad-Din Women's Medical College Hospital and Baitul Mukarram National Mosque respectively. He will be buried at Banani graveyard.

President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at his death.

Born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1935, Rafique-Ul-Huq obtained his law degree in 1960. He completed MA and LLB degrees from Calcutta University. He became a Barrister-at-Law in 1961 and called to the Lincolns Inn in 1962.

Barrister Rafique-Ul-Huq joined the High Court, Dhaka in 1962. In 1965 he became an Advocate, the Supreme Court of Pakistan. 

In 1975, he was made Senior Advocate, Appellate Division, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. 

He became the Attorney General of Bangladesh in 1990. 

While in the Government legal service, he served as chairman at Bangladesh Bar Council Tribunal and Bar Council Election Tribunal (1975-76) and Bar Council of Bangladesh (1990). He was an elected member of the Executive Committee on International Taxation of the World Association of Lawyers, World Executive Committee, Foreign Trade and Investment (Washington) and Bangladesh Delegate to the UN General Assembly (1990).

He was a member of the National Commission on Money, Banking and Credit and Chairman of Sub-Committee on Banking Laws under the Commission which wrote the current banking laws of Bangladesh (1984), chairman of Corporate Laws Committee (1990), member of the Company Law Reforms Committee (1977) and of the Committee for Improvement of the Stock Exchange Market in Bangladesh.

Barrister Rafique-Ul-Huq was the writer of various other laws for Bangladesh.