Law Minister Anisul Huq has said that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's allegations of her being tried at government's whim was completely inconsistent with the fact.
“I'm disappointed that she made such a statement, and it is completely inconsistent with the fact,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop at a Gulshan hotel on Sunday.
The minister said so as a reporters relayed to him Khaleda's complaint: “What justice? What does it mean to judge when there is no offence? Despite that they want to carry on the trial.”
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She came up with the allegation referring to the trial Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case while addressing the inaugural session the meeting of BNP's National Executive Committee on Sunday.
Anisul further mentioned: “The court will come up with a verdict on the basis of evidence and information. Evidence of her crime has been presented before the court. It's up to trial court judge now to decide whether she's guilty or not based on that evidence.”
The verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case is set to be delivered on February 8.
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When asked whether the appointment of the chief justice was in violation of the rules regarding seniority, Anisul said: "If you look into article 95 of our constitution, it clearly states that the chief justice is appointed by the President. There is nothing written about recruiting someone based on seniority.”
Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, a judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, took oath as the new chief justice on Saturday.
This article was first published in banglatribune.com