BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the government is creating a “smokescreen” over providing the certified copy of the lower court verdict that sent their chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail for five years.
He came up with the remark while talking to reporters after a meeting between the party’s Standing Committee members and lawyers of Jatiyatabdi Ainjibi Forum, an association of BNP-allied lawyers, at Khaleda’s Gulshan office.
“The government is not giving the certified copy unlawfully. It’s a flagrant violation of the law as it should be given within five days of delivering the judgement,” the top BNP leader said.
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As the government did not provide the verdict’s copy in the last eight days, he said it can be understood that the government in a planned way is trying to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail. “We strongly condemn and protest it.”
He urged the government to ensure a scope so that the law can take its course.
Fakhrul said the government is trying to keep the BNP chairperson away from politics and the next polls. “People will give a befitting reply to it through waging a movement.”
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Replying to a question, Supreme Court Bar Association President Joynal Abedin said as per the rules, the copy of the verdict should be given within five working days. “But the copy is yet to be provided. The court is telling us every day that ‘you’ll get it tomorrow as we’re examining it’. But there’s no scope for examining the verdict or amending it once it is delivered.”
The party’s Standing Committee members held the meeting with the lawyers around 5pm ahead of the upcoming Dhaka Bar polls.
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At the meeting, they also discussed various issue relating to Khaleda’s case verdict and worked out the strategy for carrying out a legal battle to ensure Khaleda’s release from jail.
BNP Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary Mahbubuddin Khokan, and lawyers Netai Roy Chowdhury, Mir Mohammad Nasir and Sanaullah Miah were also present there.