Makeshift courtroom in old jail not unconstitutional: Quader

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:21, Sep 05,2018

 
 

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader attends a joint meeting of the leaders of party’s associate organisations at Dhanmandi office of the party president in Dhaka on Wednesday.-- New Age photo

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said holding trial of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in a makeshift courtroom at erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail is not violation of constitution.

Replying to a question, before attending a joint meeting of the leaders of party’s associate organisations at Dhanmandi office of the party president, Quader, also road transport and bridges minster, said ‘The issue of setting up of makeshift courtroom in the jail not mentioned in the constitution.’

‘So, the issue of violation of constitution cannot be raised,’ Quader said.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday at a press conference alleged that setting up such court in jail was unconstitutional and holding trial there would be violation of law.

‘Khaleda Zia is an aged person and she is sick also it will be easier for her to attend the court in Zia Charitable Trust graft case,’ Quader said.  

Moreover, Ziaur Rahman had also set up such court for holding trial of freedom fighter Abu Taher, Quader said.

The joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, advisory council member Yusuf Hossain Humayun, central leaders Ahmad Hossain, Asim Kumar Ukil, Mohibul Hassan Choudhoury, Biplab Barua, president and general secretaries of the associated organisations attended the programme.

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