Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday questioned whether the country was going through judicial anarchy alleging that the government had politicised the judiciary.
He made the remarks at a discussion organised by Doctors Association of Bangladesh at the National Press Club in Dhaka demanding immediate release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Khaleda was in jail since February 8, 2018, after a Dhaka court convicted him in a graft case.
Fakhrul said that Khaleda was kept in jail out of political vengeance of the government. A number of leaders of different political parties had been released on bail after conviction in such cases but Khaleda was not given bail, he said.
‘People have no faith on judiciary now….Judicial system has been politicised,’ he said.
Surprised at a Pabna court’s verdict against 47 BNP leaders and activists, Fakhrul said that the whole nation was stunned at the Pabna court’s Wednesday verdict that sentenced nine to death, 25 to life term jail and 13 others to 10 years imprisonment centring an incident of 1994 at Ishwardi Rail Station.
They were sentenced for attacking a train carrying then opposition leader and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in 1994.
‘What kind of verdict is it? Is it tyranny? Is the country witnessing judicial anarchy?’ Fakhrul questioned.
The verdict proved that the country’s judiciary was not independent, he said.
The BNP leader said the government was trying to turn Bangladesh into a failed state by destroying all the institutions and putting economy at a serious stake.
Fakhrul said the country’s election system has also been destroyed while people have lost their confidence in the Election Commission.
He alleged that the members of law enforcement agencies now did not care anyone as they had no accountability.
‘The media too is controlled by the government,’ he said.
The BNP secretary general questioned how a state could survive when its judiciary, law enforcers, bureaucracy were ruined and the media was controlled.
About prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s tour of China, the BNP leader said nine bilateral instruments were signed on mega projects for indulging in ‘mega’ corruption.
He said that countrymen would be happy if the prime minister would hold a meeting with the Chinese president to resolve Rohingya crisis by giving priority on it.
Fakhrul said that united movement was the solution of all these problems. ‘Those who would speak against unity would harm the country and the country’s people. Everyone should come forward for united movement for Khaleda Zia’s release.’
The discussion was also addressed by BNP vice-chairman AZM Zahid Hossain, DAB’s newly elected president Harun Al Rashid, secretary general Abdus Salam and convening committee member secretary Obaidul Kabir Khan, among others, DAB leader Farhad Halim.
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