Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Wednesday sought Supreme Court’s suo motu intervention in cancelling Sunday’s general election results and demanded reelection.
SCBA President Zainul Abedin came up with this demand while addressing a press conference at the SCBA auditorium today.
Zainul Abedin said, “The nation didn’t accept such an election. As the custodian of the country’s constitution, we’re expecting apex court’s suo motu intervention to cancel the election. We hope the Chief Justice and other judges will discharge their constitutional duty in this regard.”
He also said there are instances of apex court’s interference to this end in a neighbouring country.
Although there were much fears, Jatiya Oikya Front leaders participated in the election following assurance by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Election Commission, Zainul added.
“However, many candidates were arrested, many attacked and electioneering was also obstructed. Even our SCBA secretary was shot. Cases were filed against thousands of leaders and activists. This election can’t be called an election,” he said.
Claiming that there was no instance in the past of High Court’s interference after the Election Commission declared the nomination of a candidate valid, he urged the HC judges who turned down the EC’s decisions to step down.
“They’ve belittled the High Court to the people. Doing so, they’ve breached of oath of office,” he claimed.
SCBA secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon said what was staged on December 30 was not an election. “It’s a mockery with the nation and the Constitution.”
He also said journalists want to say many things but they cannot open their mouths in fear.
SCBA vice-president Md Golam Rahman Bhuiyan was also present at the press conference.