The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday termed the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution a ‘magna carta’.
The party observed that former chief justice and incumbent chairman of Law Commission ABM Khairul Haque’s recent remarks on the verdict were tantamount to contempt of court.
BNP secretary general
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, flanked by the party’s senior leaders, made the remarks at a press conference at the party’s central office in Dhaka.
The conference was arranged to respond to the reaction of ruling Awami League and the Law Commission chairman to the verdict annulling the 16th amendment to the constitution, which re-empowered parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges for ‘incapacity’ and ‘misconduct’.
Fakhrul said, ‘The BNP thinks the verdict is a magna carta of present political and social contexts and of present condition of the state. The frustrated nation has found a ray of hope in the verdict… for democracy, human rights,
good governance and justice.’
He commented that the statements of Khairul had no dissimilarity with those of Awami League leaders. He said that the former chief justice had spat venom against the verdict.
Fakhrul said, ‘Sitting in the chair of Law Commission, the comments he [Khairul] made about the SC verdict and the chief justice were not only indecent but only tantamount to contempt of court.’
He said that the people could now feel how much harm to democracy in the country was done by the verdicts delivered by justice Khairul during his tenure. ‘The constitutional and political crises created now following the scrapping of the 5th and 13th amendments to the constitution made the democracy totally fragile,’ he said.
Referring to Awami League’s ‘frustrated’ and ‘aggrieved’ reactions to the verdict, Fakhrul said, ‘They [AL leaders] are yet to understand the monster created by them is crushing them.’
When asked about law minister Anisul Huq’s remarks on the verdict, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said that the law minister could not make such statements as ‘his responsibility is to implement the verdicts of all the courts of Bangladesh’.
The BNP standing committee member said, ‘There is no irrelevant statement in the full text of the judgment.’
BNP standing committee members Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sidcar and Goyrshwar Chandra Roy were also present at the conference.
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