Court is independent, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

24 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said granting bail to journo Rozina Islam proves that the court is independent.

“Granting bail to journo Rozina Islam by the court proves that the court is independent and the government has no intervention in the judiciary,” he said.

The minister said this while virtually speaking at a discussion on ‘UN Global Road Safety Week’ from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, came up with the remark as Rozina got bail in the case filed against her under the Official Secrets Act on May 17.

The AL spokesperson said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is a journalist friendly government.

“None but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government actually did anything for the journalists and newspaper industry after 1975,” he said.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had filed many cases against the journalists when the party was in power but it showed sympathy to the journalists over the issue of journalist Rozina, he added. 

When talking on lifting of restrictions from inter-district transports, the minister said, “The long-distance transports will resume its operation countrywide from Monday taking half passengers. But they have to ensure the passengers’ use of facemask. Even the vehicles must be sterilized with anti-septic spray.”

Noting that ensuring road safety is a big challenge, he said road safety is not possible only through implementing the mega projects or upgrading highways if discipline is not restored in the road and transports.

Quader confidently said that the largest development has taken place in the communication sector in the last 10 years and this type of development did not happen in the country in the past.

The big projects like Padma Bridge, Metro Rail and Karnaphuli tunnel are now underway and expected to be inaugurated in next year, the minister said.

Beside, construction of a good number of flyovers in the country is a success of this government, he added.