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18 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 February, 2019 01:24:15 AM
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AG to seek hearing on Jamaat appeal soon

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Attorney-general Mahbubey Alam yesterday (Sunday) said his office would take an initiative soon for hearing at the Appellate Division on the 2013 appeal against the High Court (HC) verdict that declared illegal the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami with the Election Commission (EC). The chief law officer of the state said this while talking to the media at his office in the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday.

“The recognition of Jamaat as a political party had been cancelled following the HC verdict that declared its registration with the EC illegal. An appeal is now pending with the Appellate Division in this respect. So, the Prime Minister rightly said it is not possible to pass an executive order over a sub-judice matter. We will try to hold a hearing on the matter soon,” said Alam. The trial of war criminals will continue, the attorney-general said, adding, “It does not matter whether or not they seek an apology.”

Relating to the Jamaat registration, the chief law officer of the state explained: “What is the main aim of a political party? Go to power, right? They have to take part in elections to go to power.  If the party has no ‘licence’ whatever, how can they take part in elections? The party that is willing to do politics without the approval of the Election Commission (EC) is called an underground party.”

Alam further said people will not accept such kind of politics as the state, too, is not bound to provide any facility to them (party). “So the reality is, if you want to do politics, you have to have the permission of the EC,” he added.

Responding to another query, Alam said Awami League (AL) secretary-general Obaidul Quader has already made an observation about the resignation of Jamaat top leader Barrister Abdur Razzaq from his party.  

“It is not important as to whether the Jamaat would seek an apology from the nation or not for their misdeeds during the Liberation War in 1971. They may have understood that if they don’t apologise to the nation, they have to face serious consequences in the near future. Hence, they might have decided to seek an apology,” he said.

In response to another query, Alam said if the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) upholds the HC verdict regarding cancellation of Jamaat’s registration, the Jamaat cannot operate as a political party in the country.

On February 6, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Parliament that the government has nothing to do about banning the Jamaat-e-Islami right now as a case is pending in court in this respect.

On August 1, 2013, following a writ petition, a three-member special HC bench by a majority view declared the registration of Jamaat as a political party illegal and ruled that its registration has no legal effect.

The same year, the Jamaat—a component of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance—filed an appeal and a leave-to-appeal petition with the Appellate Division, challenging the HC verdict. On October 29 last year, the EC scrapped the registration of Jamaat and issued a gazette notification to this end, blocking the party from contesting the national polls.    

 

 

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