Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said shifting a court at erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail to try Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia was not a violation of constitution.
‘Where in the constitution it is said that a court cannot be shifted to a jail?’ said Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, referring to BNP’s complaint that the decision to set up a temporary court in the Old Dhaka Jail had violated the constitution.
Quader, before attending a joint meeting of the leaders of the party’s associate organisations at the Dhanmandi office of the party president, said, ‘BNP raises objection that a court cannot be set up inside jail. But it was introduced by General Ziaur Rahman (founder of BNP).’
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday at a press conference alleged that setting up such a 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.
AL joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, advisory council member Yusuf Hossain Humayun, central leaders Ahmad Hossain, Asim Kumar Ukil, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, Biplab Barua, president and general secretaries of the associated organisations attended the programme.
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