Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday urged the Supreme Court appellate division to summon former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque to court by issuing a suo moto rule on contempt of court charge.
Inaugurating a programme of collecting relief materials for flood victims, BNP standing committee member Mosharraf made the appeal following former CJ and incumbent Law Commission chairman Khairul Haque’s recent remarks on the verdict of the 16th amendment to the constitution.
‘He (Khairul) has committed contempt of our highest court. If the appellate division of the Supreme Court is truly independent or in the meantime did not fall into any pressure by the government we will ask the court to place former chief justice Khairul Haque before dock through issuing a suo moto rule for contempt of court,’ Mosharraf said.
He said if the court did not place him (Khairul) before the dock then one day people would bring him to justice.
Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal organised the programme at BNP central office.
Mosharraf said law commission chairman Khairul at first said the verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment was ‘preconceived’ and later he said the verdict was guided by ‘emotion’.
The BNP leader said Khairul delivered speech at a meeting of Awami League on Saturday, saying that he could not make statement this way.
Former chief justice Khairul Haque at a function in Dhaka on Saturday reportedly disclosed some of his personal observations on the verdict.
Meanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing alleged that the government employed lobbyists failing to make the verdict of 16th amendment ‘controversy’.
He said former CJ Khairul Haque and some other people were working as the party’s lobbyists.
Rizvi said prime minister Sheikh Hasina was using Khairul to destroy the democracy and push the country into disorder.
Rizvi asked Khairul to examine how much harm he had caused to the country.
Turning to chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, Rizvi said it seemed at the statement of the CEC that he had taken a secret oath to the prime minister to keep Awami League in power.
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