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Govt deliberately delaying: Fakhrul


BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, yesterday (Friday) accused the government of deliberately delaying the certified copy of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against party chairperson Khaleda Zia. ৈ“The government is doing illegal work in a very planned manner,” he said while talking to reporters after a view-exchange meeting with pro-BNP lawyers. The BNP leader vowed that Khaleda Zia would be freed through a movement. He said lawyers expressed their condemnation of the situation created over Khaleda’s bail and providing the certified copy of the verdict.

According to law, the certified copy is supposed to be provided within five days, but it has not been given even after eight days, he said.

The lawyers informed the meeting held at Khaleda’s Gulshan office that the government is violating the law.

Fakhrul said the government wants to keep Khaleda away from politics and the election process, but the people would free her by waging a movement.

He also said the matter of Khaleda’s release came up during the hour-long meeting.

The pro-BNP lawyers informed the meeting that they would take part in the ensuing election of the Dhaka Bar Association.

BNP vice-chairman and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association said they are yet to receive any reasonable cause for delay in providing the certified copy of the verdict.

Standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moin Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, among others, were present at the meeting. Khaleda has been convicted for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and sent to the old jail at Nazimuddin Road on February 8.

Meanwhile, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday alleged that the government is buying time as part of its trick to give a certified copy of the verdict against their party chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case only to prolong her stay in jail.

Speaking at a discussion here, Moudud warned that people will give a befitting reply through ballots to the government’s ‘vengeful attitude’ towards Khaleda Zia.

“The verdict was pronounced on February 8, but we still didn’t get a certified copy of it. They (govt) are resorting ploy to keep Khaleda in jail as long as they can,” the BNP leader said. The discussion was arranged by Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Dal at the Jatiya Press Club protesting the jailing of Khaleda in a graft case.

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the government’s popularity is on the wane for showing a vengeful attitude towards Khaleda Zia. He said they will move the apex court to file an appeal against the verdict and seek bail for her as soon as they get the certified copy of the verdict. The former law minister hoped that the court will grant bail to Khaleda.

He alleged that Khaleda was jailed with a ‘false allegation of misappropriating orphans’ money to defame and belittle her. “The government won’t be able to make any political gain with it.”

He said people — even many Awami League supporters - did not like the way Khaleda was sent to jail and the government is treating with her.

Moudud said they will continue their movement alongside taking preparations for the next general election. “We must join the next election as people want it.”

“We’ll carry out the movement and create an atmosphere to force the government to hold the next national election under a non-party neutral administration. Only Awami League will face the dire consequences in that polls,” he added.

The BNP leader alleged that Khaleda has been kept in solitary confinement at the abandoned old Dhaka central jail violating the existing jail code, law and the constitution. He said the government has created a political instability by taking Khaleda to jail. “The government is solely responsible for it. They’ve shut all the doors to a political understanding through it.”

Moudud said their party has now two challenges—bringing Khaleda out of jail and forcing government to take proper steps — for arranging a credible election.

He said the country’s people think the national election cannot be held in a free and fair manner under a political government. “People also won’t allow anyone to hold any election without the participation of Khaleda Zia and BNP.”

The BNP leader said it will be a blunder of the government if it thinks it can weaken their party with repressive acts.

Earlier at a press conference, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the court is not giving the certified copy of the verdict due to government ‘obstruction’.

As per the rule, he said, the court should provide the certified copy of the verdict within five days of delivering it. “But they’re violating the rules. It has manifested that the government’s interference in the judiciary.” He said the government’s delaying the process of providing the verdict copy also exposed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her special envoy HM Ershad are the masterminds behind Khaleda’s conviction.

Rizvi said people have a perception that the court is buying time now to amend the verdict as per Awami League’s directions.


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