A legal notice has been served on Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, asking him to resign from the office within 48 hours in the interest of the country for his controversial statement.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Ershad Hossain on Sunday sent the legal notice to Momen at his official address at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by registered post.
Speaking at a programme on Janmashtami at JM Sen Hall in Chattogram, he said, “I went to India and told the Indian government that continuation of Sheikh Hasina’s government must be ensured.”
The statement made by the foreign minister is violation of his oath under the Constitution and prejudicial to the sovereignty of the country, said Ershad Hossain in his legal notice.
Speaking at another programme in Tungipara the following day, Momen said, “I want Sheikh Hasina’s government to be stable. We will be happy if India extends help in this regard.”
Momen’s comment triggered sharp criticism from the political arena. Different political parties in their reactions termed his statement detrimental to the country’s image.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said they (AL) have foreign friends, but no masters. “People are the source of our (AL) power,” he added.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that Momen has not backtracked on his statement. He (Momen) has confirmed his statement, Mirza Fakhrul added.
Jatiya Party Chairman and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament GM Quader said the foreign minister has thrown the country’s sovereignty into question by making such comment.
Momen cannot avoid responsibility for such statement, GM Quader added. He, however, is yet to give any reaction to the controversy created over his comment which is also embarrassing to India.