Khaleda’s Release

Govt can’t influence court: Quader

Staff Correspondent

26 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that the government can not influence the court for releasing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

“It is solely the matter of court and not about sympathy or empathy but completely a legal matter. The government has the sympathy for Khaleda but we can not influence the court for the sake of the sympathy for her,” he said.

Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, came up with the remarks as relatives of Khaleda, who is serving 17-year jail on two corruption charges, decided to file a special appeal for her release from jail.

The minister was addressing a certificate giving ceremony for women drivers at the BRAC Centre at Mohakhali in the capital.

Responding to a query about the special appeal for Khaleda’s release, Quader said it was yet to be clear whether the family would file the appeal before the court or file it before the government.

Talking over Dhaka city polls, the minister alleged that BNP is now finding excuses for staying away from the polls sensing their lose.

“BNP has apprehension of losing the election. So, they are finding different excuses for staying away from the election,” he said.

In responding to another query over BNP’s allegation that the government is using everything to win the polls, Quader said BNP will have to prove where Awami League violates the electoral code of conduct.

These are all excuses as the BNP fears of lose the election, he added.

About the remarks of Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) regarding city elections, Quader said AL candidate won the Chattogram-8 constituency by-polls while BNP mayoral contestant won the Dupchanchia municipality elections in Bagura through the electronic voting machine (EVM) system.

If any kind of rigging or forgery took place in the polls or through the EVM system, why the voter turnout was low, he questioned.