Anisul Huq, M.P
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Anisul Huq was born on 30 March 1956 to Advocate Serajul Huq, a reputed lawyer and former Member of Parliament, and Mrs. Jahanara Huq. Advocate Serajul Huq was a founding member of the Awami Muslim League and was a close associate and confidant of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Advocate Serajul Huq was a prominent organiser of the Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971 and was one of the first person to cross over to India to seek assistance from the Indian Government against the genocide committed by the Pakistani Army. The late Mr. Serajul Huq was a legendary lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and in 1973 was appointed the chief prosecutor for the crimes perpetrated during the 1971 war. Subsequently in 1996 he was appointed the chief prosecutor in the Bangabandhu murder case and in the jail killing case where four leaders of the country was brutally killed in the Dhaka Central Jail in 1975. Mrs. Jahanara Huq is a distinguished freedom fighter and a former educationist.
Anisul Huq completed his O-Levels under the Cambridge University from the prestigious St. Joseph High School, Dhaka. Thereafter, he completed the Advanced Level (A-Level) through the British Council. On completion of the A-level he undertook BA (Hons) in English Literature from Dhaka University. He also completed his Masters in English Literature from the same university and secured a position in the merit list. Thereafter, Anisul Huq completed his LL.B from Dhaka University and stood first in the merit list and completed his LL.M from King’s College, University of London.
Anisul Huq was enrolled as a lawyer in the Dhaka District Bar in November 1985 and in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in November 1987. In 2001, he was enrolled in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh as a lawyer and became a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2010.
On his father’s death, Anisul Huq became the Chief Special Prosecutor for both the Bangabandhu Murder Case and the Jail Killing case. It was under his counsel that Bangabandhu Murder case was finally completed and a judgment was delivered by the apex court of this country. Anisul Huq was also the Chief Counsel and Special Prosecutor for the Anti-Corruption Commission, Bangladesh. Anisul Huq was also the Chief Prosecutor for the Peelkhana Carnage Case which relates to the mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles in 2009. This case was also completed successfully under his leadership.
The late Advocate Serajul Huq and his son Anisul Huq, both Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, acted as counsel for most of the important, leading and sensitive criminal cases of the country during the 1980-2014 period.
In the general elections held on 5 January 2014, Anisul Huq was elected as a Member of Parliament from Brahmanbaria-4 (Kasba-Akhaura) Constituency as a candidate of Bangladesh awami league. which also houses the ancestral home of Anisul Huq. He took oath as a Member of Parliament on 9 January 2014. Thereafter, he was inducted in the cabinet as a Minister on 12 January 2014 and was allocated the portfolio of Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
In the 11th National Parliamentary Election held on 30 December 2018, Anisul Huq has once again been elected as Member of Parliament from the same Cconstituency as a candidate of Bangladesh Awami League. He has taken oath as a Member of Parliament on 3 January 2019. He has further been appointed as the Minister for the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and taken oath on 7 January 2019 as Minister. He is the first person to be the Minister of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for consecutively two terms in the history of Bangladesh.
Anisul Huq was married to Nur Amtullah Rina Huq on 18 December 1987 and became a widower on 2 January 1991.