Law Minister Anisul Huq said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is enjoying huge privileges in jail going beyond law.
He came up with the comment in the wake of a demand by BNP leaders allowing Khaleda Zia to receive treatment at the United Hospital.He was addressing reporters after inaugurating a training programme for assistant judges at Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) in the capital on Wednesday.
The BNP chief has been serving time following her conviction handed down by a court in a graft case.
The law minister said when a person lands in jail following conviction, he or she receives facilities permitted by the jail code.
Replying to a query as to whether Khaleda Zia has the legal right to receive treatment at the United Hospital, he said, “When a person lands in jail, he or she is subjected to jail code. But Khaleda Zia is receiving more facilities than permitted by the law. So, the government is unable to meet her demand violating the law.”
Anisul Huq also called upon judges to discharge judicial function with sincerity to expedite justice to the litigants at low cost.
“You have become judges due to direct or indirect sacrifice by the country’s people, including the poor and the destitute. The court is the only place to ensure redress to the litigants. As such, you will have to work honestly and sincerely,” he added.Anisul Huq asked the judges to set an example by establishing rule of law through their efficient, creative and honest performances.
“You have to discharge function in such a way that people are not confused about the judiciary,” he added.
Asked about the appointment of Supreme Court judges, he said the appellate division will get judges soon.
He said the judges of the apex court are efficient enough to dispose of cases on time and reduce the backlogs.
JATI Director General Justice Musa Khaled and law and justice division secretary Abu Saleh Sheikh Md Zahirul Haque were present on the occasion.