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SC verdict gives BNP occasion to do politics: AL

WT24 Desk

Terming some issues raised in the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 16th amendment, ruling Awami League has said the judgement’s observations have offered the opposition BNP to do politics with judicial matters, Agencies report.

In the party’s reactions at a press conference at Dhanmondi office on Wednesday, AL presidium member Abdul Matin Khasru and law affairs secretary SM Rezaul Karim also criticised the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, alleging that the opposition is making misinterpretation of the verdict.
However, the ruling party is yet to take any decision on whether any petition would be filed seeking expunge of what they called unwanted matters in the verdict.
They particularly expressed grievances at the chief justice’s observation in the judgement that “No nation – no country is made of or by one person” and that “our Parliamentary democracy is Immature”.
“The court could have said whether the 16th amendment is illegal and whether it collides with the Constitution,” Rezaul Karim said.
He went on to say: “Even those who were killers and Rajakars in 1971 would acknowledge that the country achieved independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
The Awami League leaders alleged that many of the observations expressed in the Supreme Court’s verdict were unnecessary and they have given the BNP the occasion to politicise the entire matter.
They said a group of of lawyers of the party is scrutinising the full text of the verdict before taking a final decision on the next couse of the party.
This was the first formal reaction of the AL after the Supreme Court had released the full verdict on the 16th amendment to the constitution on 1 August.
Khasru insisted that there could be no debate and not even politics about the verdict pronounced by the Appellate Division of the apex court.
“A few BNP leaders are passing provocative remarks, trying to play political games, because they don’t have anything to play with,” he added.
The senior AL leader claimed that the AL did not want to do politics about the verdict.
“The Supreme Court is not our [AL’s] opposition but the BNP is trying project it in such a manner,” Khasru told the newsmen.
Meanwhile, the ruling AL presidium members and secretaries are scheduled to hold a meeting, to be chaired by the party’s president Sheikh Hasina, also prime minister, at Ganabhaban on Thursday evening.
Earlier on Monday, former law minister Shafiq Ahmed, and AL leaders Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Abdul Matin Khasru met chief justice SK Sinha.
They highlighted the objectionable points to the chief justice, party leaders informed Prothim Alo.
Khasru, however, denied any suggestion that they went there to make any compromise, and said this was a courtesy meeting.
Rezaul Karim rejected the BNP leaders’ interpretation of lack of legitimacy of the present government, sayng that the verdict has said nothing about illegality of the government or its stay in power.
After the verdict was pronounced on 3 July, AL leaders vehemently criticised it. Ten members of parliament and cabinet members castigated the justices in parliament. The cabinet also criticised the verdict on Monday.
On Friday, finance minister AMA Muhith obstinately said, “We’ll pass the amendment again in parliament and do it again and again. Let’s see what the judiciary can do.”
Regarding this, Khasru said, the finance minister is a senior citizen. “This is his personal opinion.”

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