BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed has questioned the government’s stance on the Chief Justice’s rejoining, saying the Attorney General and Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi gave contradictory remarks over the issue.
“The Attorney General and Awami League leaders are saying the Chief Justice won’t be able to rejoin his office anymore while the Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi had said the Chief Justice can return anytime and rejoin his office,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion on Saturday, he further aid, “We want to know whose statement is correct. We don’t know whether the Awami League leaders and the Attorney General are telling the truth or the High Commissioner is speaking the truth. We also don’t know what the government actually wants.”
Nagorik Odhikar Andolan Forum arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 5th death anniversary of Democratic League founding president Oli Ahad and third death anniversary of political analyst Dr Pias Karim.
Amid a row over the 16th amendment verdict, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha left here for Australia on October 14 on leave.
Referring to the formation of an 11-member committee, led by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, for filing a review petition against the Supreme Court's 16th amendment verdict, Moudud also questioned the way the government has ‘insulted and harassed’ the Chief Justice when it is going to file the review petition.
He said Awami League’s attitude towards the Chief Justice following the 16th amendment verdict was surprising. “The government has destroyed the judiciary over the verdict.”
Turning to the Rohingya issue, the BNP leader criticised the government for what he said its diplomatic failure to pursue India, China and Russian to help Bangladesh overcome the crisis.
He said the government must intensify its diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh in the face of persecution in their own country.