Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad on Sunday demanded that the chief justice should take step to expunge the Supreme Court’s observations against the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman saying that the observations undermined the leadership of ‘Bangabandhu’ during the war of independence.
The parishad, a platform of the pro-Awami League lawyers, made the demands during its countrywide protest at all bar associations protesting against the observations of the Appellate Division’s 16th amendment verdict written by Chief Justice SK Sinha.
The lawyers condemned the chief justice stating that he made ‘irrelevant, unconstitutional, and undemocratic’ observations, which were not related in the 16th amendment case.
They said that ‘some vested quarters’ are involved with conspiracy to malign the leadership of ‘the father of nation’ during the war of independence as well as the present parliament and MPs.
‘We reject with condemnation the court’s observation that country’s liberation was not led by one person,’ said Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad’s convener Yusuf Hussain Humayun while presiding over the protest rally at the Supreme Court Bar Association.
The parishad’s member secretary, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, said, ‘some vested quarters’ are involved in the conspiracy of writing such an unconstitutional and undemocratic observation.’
Taposh said that they know the vested group whose identities would be disclosed to the nation one after another.
‘We know from where the draft of the verdict came. The editor of an English daily drafted it,’ he said.
Awami League presidium member and former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru demanded suo moto expunge of the observations made by the chief justice defaming ‘Bangabandhu’, parliament, members of parliament and the Election Commission.
Bangladesh Bar Council’s vice chairman Abdul Baset Majumder demanded fresh writing of the verdict on 16th Amendment after its scraping.
On Saturday, the parishad announced three-day demonstrations protesting at ‘irrelevant observations’ made in the verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution, which empowered parliament to remove higher judiciary judges for misconduct or incapacity.
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