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AL smells conspiracy over SC verdict

Shawkat Ali Khan     13 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

AL smells conspiracy over SC verdict

The ruling Awami League sees the Supreme Court verdict that scrapped the 16th Amendment to the Constitution as a part of a deep-rooted conspiracy against the government.

Insiders say the AL in no way accepts the apex court verdict as the party high command terms it ‘unbelievable’ and ‘ill-motivated’.

Party policymakers think that the verdict is a part of a conspiracy against the government and a vested quarter at home and abroad worked on the plot behind the scenes.

“There might be a conspiracy being hatched over the next national election. So, all should remain alert to it,” a source quoted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as saying during a recent joint meeting of AL presidium members and secretaries.

During the meeting held on Thursday, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the AL, asked the party leaders to examine the SC verdict, the source added.

The Supreme Court on July 3 rejected the government’s appeal against the High Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.

The 799-page verdict also contained some objectionable words, according to AL leaders.

AL presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya told the daily sun that they discussed the SC verdict on the 16th amendment. “We are not satisfied with the judgment,” he said.In 2014, the government amended the constitution to restore parliament’s authority to impeach apex court judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity.

Meeting sources said the AL will sit with noted lawyers to take next course of action over the verdict.

The AL president also directed the party leaders and activists to go slow over the verdict.

She said before taking any measures, all the party leaders should go through the verdict.

“The party chief also directed us to inform people about the ill-motivated SC verdict as some objectionable words against the government and people were used in the judgment,” an AL leader said.

The AL policy makers said the image of parliament has been tarnished through the verdict.

“There is no value of the verdict unless parliament passes it. Yet, the Chief Justice has written such words, which suggests that he himself violates the constitution,” said the party leader.

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader at a programme on Saturday alleged that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) started hatching conspiracies over the SC verdict.

“They (BNP) are hatching new plots after failing to wage movement. They are looking for new issues in a bid to unseat the government,” he told the programme at the Central Shahid Minar.