Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chief Justice Sinha has pulled BNP from the pit, says AL’s Tofail

  • Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-08-14 00:46:56 BdST


Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has paved the path for the ‘hapless’ BNP to revive its fortune through his observation in the verdict on the 16th constitutional amendment, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said.

He made the remarks at a seminar titled 'Assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: Local and Global Conspiracy' held at the National Press Club on Sunday.

The Appellate Division led by Justice Sinha recently published the verdict upholding a High Court judgment that scrapped the 16th amendment. The amendment allowed parliament to sack Supreme Court judges on grounds of incompetence and misconduct.

The ruling Awami League-led 14-Party alliance, which passed the amendment in 2014, has described the verdict as 'irrelevant, unacceptable and deliberate'.

On the other hand, their arch rival BNP has hailed the appeals court’s verdict, terming it 'historic'.

“We (Awami League) didn't say anything after the verdict was issued. But the BNP came out of the hole after the verdict," Tofail said.

“We started to respond when they criticised (Law Commission chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque), accusing him of contempt of court. Now BNP-backed lawyers are taking out processions in support of the judgment. 

"Then what's the meaning of it? Does the observation aim to revive the BNP from their helpless, terrible condition? People do think so," Tofail, a member of the Awami League's Advisory Council, said.

About the revival of the Supreme Judicial Council provision to impeach top judges through the verdict, he said, "You like the Supreme Judicial Council which was formed by Ayub Khan, and Ziaur Rahman - that's alright; but you observed that parliament is immature, non-functional.

"We can also say that who speak like this is not mature," he added.  

He criticised Justice Sinha, alluding to his observation in the verdict: "No nation - no country is made of or by one person."

Tofail served as political adviser to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Referring to the reactions to the observation, the minister said, “This country is actually split in two camps – the Awami League versus the rest. If you watch TV talk shows, then you will see that the ‘BNP-minded’ people support this verdict.”

"But our people show some respect while speaking. They consider all angles while speaking," he said.

Journalist and researcher Syed Badrul Ahsan discussed the conspiracies that led to the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The motive behind the killing is clear now. Hours passed after the assassination but the army, navy, air force, police remained did nothing. They remained silent in obedience to Khondaker Mustaq Ahmed,” said Ahsan.

He highlighted the roles of Col Abu Taher, MAG Osmani, KM Shafiullah, Ziaur Rahman, Abdul Hoque, and Oli Ahad.

“MAG Osmani left parliament opposing the fourth amendment. He said he did not want ‘Mujib Khan’ as a replacement for Ayub Khan. Ultimately, he became Khondaker Mustaq’s defence adviser.”

The veteran journalist also slated the United States for the role it played during the crisis period.

Former information minister of Awami League Abu Sayeed said: “KM Shafiullah said he had no idea over the putch but not knowing this was his biggest fault.”

“Khaled Mosharraf never wanted to save Bangabandhu or establish his ideologies. He wanted to become the army chief. So he let the killers fly abroad,” said the Awami League leader.

National Press Club President Shafiqur Rahman presided over the discussion.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Dainik Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar, former vice-president of DUCSU Mahfuza Khanam, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists President Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul spoke at the event.

Daily Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta moderated the discussion.