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Muhith’s remarks on 16th constitutional amendment verdict horrifying, says BNP's Moudud

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-08-05 16:22:53 BdST

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A senior BNP leader has criticised Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s comments on the top court’s decision that declared the 16th constitutional amendment illegal.

“A very senior cabinet member has said they will pass the 16th amendment again and again. This is horrifying,” said BNP leader Moudud Ahmed.

It's clear from the remarks that the Awami League government does not believe in the independence of the judiciary, Ahmed said at a discussion on Saturday.

Ahmed, who sits on the BNP's policymaking National Standing Committee, advised the ruling party to steer clear of a confrontation with the judiciary.

“I would ask the government to avoid a conflict with the judiciary. It’s a losing contest for them.”

The Supreme Court’s verdict reflected the will of the people, the BNP leader said. “The verdict is not only historic, but it also fulfils the desires of people.”

He came down hard on the administration over the Anti-Corruption Commission pleading to court to scrap bail for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in the UK for treatment.

“She will return from her trip abroad after her treatment,” said Moudud.

Moudud deplored “remarks” from different people on her foreign trip and said: “A notice has also been filed with the court asking for the cause of her absence. But the court is well aware of the situation.”