CJ should step down for undermining JS, PM says

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that her government would no way tolerate any comparison between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“This is very much disgraceful that Bangladesh has been compared with Pakistan. This is not tolerable at all,” she said at a discussion meeting at Krishibid Institution in the capital.

The premier made the remarks a day after Chief Justice SK Sinha cited an example from the Pakistan judiciary.

Sheikh Hasina said this cannot be accepted that a court of Pakistan removed their prime minister through a verdict and that will be used as a threat in Bangladesh.

The prime minister came down heavily on the chief justice for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan.

“We have seen the regimes of Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia.

There will be no result of such a threat,” she said.

“I seek justice from the people to the comparison with a failed state, Pakistan,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina, also leader of parliament, slammed the chief justice for undermining the House.

“Before undermining parliament, he should step down from his chair as he has been appointed by the President,” she said.

The prime minister raised a question over the chief justice’s motive behind undermining parliament.

She alleged that the chief justice wants to snap the constitutional power from the President.

“Instead of liking the constitutional provision, he chooses the Supreme Judicial Council, introduced by military ruler Ziaur Rahman. But the court has declared Zia’s regime illegal,” she said.

Referring to the chief justice’s letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission, Sheikh Hasina said he requested the anti-graft body not to go on investigation into corruption against a justice named Joynal Abedin.

The premier said it was not the job of the judiciary to protect corrupt persons. He (CJ) violated the constitution.

Sheiikh Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, also came down heavily on the CJ for his observation in the 16th amendment verdict that the cabinet decides functioning of parliamentary proceedings.

Alleging that the CJ made many contradictory and irrelevant statements in the verdict, she said: “I have been taking notes of such irrelevant and contradictory statements. We must discuss these in parliament.”

The premier also slammed Kamal Hossain for terming the current parliament illegal.

The meeting was organised by the ruling party marking the deadly grenade attack on its rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on August 21, 2004.

AL leaders Obaidul Quader, Amir Hossain Amu, Tafail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Syed Ashraful Islam, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, JSD president Hasanul Haq Inu, Samybabi Dal the general secretary Dilip Barua and JSD (faction) executive president Mayeenuddin Khan Badal also addressed it.

Obaidul Quader said Sheikh Hasina was the prime target of the 21 August grenade attack

“The same quarter who was behind the assassination of Sheikh Mujib was involved in the August 21 attack,” he said.

In his address, Amu Hossain criticised the role of Chief Justice SK Sinha in the verdict on the 16th amendment to the constitution.

Tofail Ahmed said they were surprised when the Chief Justice compared the politics of Bangladesh with Pakistan.

Rashed Khan Menon termed the observation on the 16th amendment verdict as more political than the Constitutional norms.

Hasanul Haq Inu said conspirators started fresh conspiracies ahead of the next general election. He called on voters to avoid anti-liberation forces in the election.

Dilip Barua called upon the people to resist conspiracies against the Awami League-led government.

Badal said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to establish a non-communal democratic country.

He demanded that the trial in the August 21 attack case should be completed as early as possible.

Syed Ashraful Islam said the country is advancing towards development under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. He urged the countrymen to extend their supports to her government.

Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim alleged that the Khaleda Zia government was behind the 21 August grenade attack.

Kaler Kantho Editor Emdadul Haque Milon, AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Tarikat Federation president Najibul Bashar Maizbhandari also took part in the discussion meeting.

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