Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders on Saturday expressed their worries whether the party chairperson Khaleda Zia would get justice in two corruption cases filed by Anti-Corruption Commission.
Referring to a comment made by the ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood told reporters on Thursday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said it seemed that the ACC and the government were playing the same role over the ‘baseless’ cases against Khaleda Zia and opposition leaders.
He said it seemed that the ACC was making such statements to implement the government’s political agendas.
Fakhrul said agenda of the Awami League government was to punish opposition leaders by filing cases against them on ‘false’ and ‘baseless’ allegations.
He alleged that the ACC chairman’s statement was ‘tantamount to influence’ the trial process, particularly that of Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul said they had never found any ACC chairman to give such a statement.
ACC chairman on Thursday said its panel lawyers were facing obstacles at different trial courts. ‘Our lawyers and director general complained today that defence lawyers often seek time which is very much intentional. Sometimes we get into such a situation that prosecution lawyers cannot go ahead,’ he told reporters in his office in Dhaka on Thursday without explaining any specific incident.
However, he was annoyed by Khaleda Zia’s lawyers who got into a fierce argument with prosecution lawyers in a court on Wednesday for bringing ‘fabricated’ charges against Khaleda.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at an urgent news briefing at the party’s central office also said that such comments from the ACC chairman really frightened BNP.
He said BNP is ‘aggrieved’ and ‘frustrated’ at the recent statements of the ACC chairman saying it seemed that it was the government’s statement.
BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar at the briefing said Khaleda Zia recently went abroad for treatment but the court issued a show cause notice to her lawyer to explain by 30 minutes why her bail would not be cancelled.
Jamiruddin, former speaker of parliament, said it is not the word of law to give answer to the show cause notice by 30 minutes otherwise the bail would be cancelled.
BNP leaders Zainul Abdin, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Ahmed Azam Khan, Abdus Salam, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Sanaullah Mia, Masud Ahmed Talukder and Abdus Salam Azad, among others, were present at the briefing.
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