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POST TIME: 10 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 September, 2018 01:15:24 AM
BNP lawyers don’t know laws: Minister
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BNP lawyers don’t know laws: Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday claimed that BNP lawyers do not know the laws. “They do not know the legal system. BNP lawyers don’t know the laws,” he said. He made the comment when reporters asked him about the BNP’s allegations that the government could not issue a gazette notification on shifting the court to the jail without consulting the matter with the Supreme Court (SC). At that time, the minister was leaving the SC premises after meeting Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.

In response to another query on the written allegations submitted by BNP lawyers to the Chief Justice relating to the treatment of the BNP chief and the shifting of the makeshift court to the jail, Huq said that he did not know about the matter. “I am not aware of this matter. I will inform you after getting information about it,”

he added.  The minister also said that it was his welcome meeting with the Chief Justice.  Earlier in the noon, after meeting with the Chief Justice, pro-BNP lawyers submitted an application to the Office of the Chief Justice, requesting him to hold “inquiries into the misuse of judicial powers” regarding the shifting of the court to continue the trial of Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust case.

 In the application, they also urged Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain to take appropriate action against the judicial officers who are “encroaching their legal boundaries at the insistence of the government”.  Supreme Court Bar Association president advocate Zainul Abedin and its secretary barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon signed the application.

 Pro-BNP lawyers advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain, barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, advocate AJ Mohammad Ali, Zainul Abedin, AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, advocate Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and barrister Bodruddoza Badal met with the Chief Justice in his Supreme Court office and placed the application before him.  Advocate Zainul Abedin told reporters that the Chief Justice assured them of looking into the matter within his legal and administrative jurisdiction.

 In the application, advocate Zainul Abedin and Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon said that shifting the court for holding the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust case has offended her right to have a fair trial, which she has been guaranteed under Article 35(3) of the Constitution.

Khaleda Zia is now seriously ill and unable to walk. In this situation, she needs medical treatment. Even the government itself is admitting that she is ill, they stated.

 In spite of this, the court has not taken any appropriate step for her treatment by any doctor of her choice, they said in the application.  In the application, the lawyers also said the Constitution as well as the statutory scheme do not and cannot allow any government, legal or illegal, to set up any court or to continue any trial in any abandoned jail.