Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq, eminent jurist and philanthropist, passes away

  • Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2020-10-24 09:57:32 BdST

Veteran Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq has died in hospital care at the age of 85.

He breathed his last at Dhaka's Ad-Din Hospital at 8:30 am Saturday, according to Dr Nahid Yasmin, the hospital's director general.

The former attorney general played a prominent role as a lawyer during the military-backed caretaker government's rule.

He was also known for his involvement in various social and charitable causes.

Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq. (File Photo)

Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq. (File Photo)

Barrister Rafique was the chairman of Ad-Din Hospital and a sombre mood engulfed its doctors and staff upon his passing.

Tabibur Rahman Akash, public relations officer of Ad-Din Hospital, said the jurist's body would be taken to his Paltan residence after a namaz-e-janaza or funeral prayer at the mosque near the hospital at 10:30 am.

His body will be taken to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque for a second namaz-e-janaza after the Zuhr prayers.

He will later be laid to rest at Dhaka's Banani Graveyard following another funeral prayer at the Supreme Court premises in the afternoon.

Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq at bdnews24.com’s founding anniversary in 2013. (File Photo)

Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq at bdnews24.com’s founding anniversary in 2013. (File Photo)

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep sorrow over the passing of the veteran lawyer and offered condolences to the bereaved family.

In a condolence message, Hamid said, "Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq made an enormous contribution to the establishment of rule of law in the country. The country has lost an experienced lawyer."

Hasina looked back on Barrister Rafique's contributions to various important constitutional issues.

“In 2007, the then caretaker government arrested me in a false case. During that difficult time, Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq stepped forward to fight for my release,” the prime minister said.

Barrister Rafiqul-Ul Huq speaks to reporters at Radisson Garden Hotel upon arriving to attend bdnews24.com's second anniversary celebrations at the Radisson Water Garden Hotel in the city. Photo: Firoz Ahmed/ bdnews24.com/ Dhaka, November 13, 2008

Barrister Rafiqul-Ul Huq speaks to reporters at Radisson Garden Hotel upon arriving to attend bdnews24.com's second anniversary celebrations at the Radisson Water Garden Hotel in the city. Photo: Firoz Ahmed/ bdnews24.com/ Dhaka, November 13, 2008

Tributes poured in from all sides of the political aisle, with Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and his BNP counterpart Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressing their condolences.

“The demise of Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq is a huge loss to the legal arena. The void created by this loss cannot be filled," said Fakhrul.

Barrister Rafique was hospitalised on Oct 15 while suffering from urosepsis and lung infections apart from anaemia and low albumin.

He later suffered a stroke and was put on life support on Oct 20 when he suffered a septic shock.

Rafique-ul Huq was born to Mumin-Ul Huq, a doctor, and Nurjahan Begun in Kolkata in 1935. He earned his LLB and master's degrees from Calcutta University.

He earned his LLB and master's degrees from Calcutta University.

He began his career as an advocate in the Calcutta High Court in 1960 before becoming a Barrister-at-Law a year later.

Ad-Din Hospital’s Director-General Dr Nahid Yasmin speaks to reporters after the death of Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq on Oct 24, 2020.

Ad-Din Hospital’s Director-General Dr Nahid Yasmin speaks to reporters after the death of Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq on Oct 24, 2020.

Barrister Rafique enrolled in the High Court at Dhaka in 1962 and later joined the Appellate Division of the top court as a senior advocate in 1975.

He was made the attorney general of Bangladesh in 1990.

He played a significant role as a lawyer during the military-controlled caretaker government, fighting cases for Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and many other politicians.

He also served as an examiner at the universities of Dhaka, Rajshahi and Chattogram at different times.

He was widely admired for his generosity in the service of society and humanity. Barrister Rafique founded Subarna Clinic in 1995 while playing a role in the establishment of Dhaka Children's Hospital as well.

He was directly involved with more than 25 service organisations, including Ad-Din Medical College Hospital.