Dhaka – Bangladesh’s former chief adviser of a caretaker administration Latifur Rahman died at a hospital in Dhaka, family said on Tuesday.
Rahman, who was the chief justice of Bangladesh Supreme Court and made caretaker administration chief to oversee 2001 national election, breathed his last at the Samarita Hospital.
He was 81.
The former chief justice had been suffering from old age complications and pneumonia, said Additional Registrar of the High Court Sabbir Faiz.
Born in Jessore in 1936, Rahman studied in English Literature in Dhaka University and later completed LLB from the same university.
He obtained membership at the Dhaka High Court in 1960 to start his profession as a lawyer. He was appointed as a judge in 1981 and elevated to the position of Chief Justice on January 1, 2000.
As per the then constitutional provision, Rahman became the head of the caretaker administration after his retirement to conduct the parliamentary polls in 2001.
His leadership in the interim administration was criticized by the then ruling Awami League of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose party faced a debacle in the election against Bangladesh Nationalist Party of the then opposition leader Khaleda Zia.
The BNP-led alliance along with Bangladesh Jammat-e-Islami formed the government after the election putting Awami League on the opposition bench.