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16th amendment verdict 'unacceptable’: 14-party

It demands annulment of judgment

13 Aug 2017, 22:21

Online Desk

Dhaka: Terming the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the Constitution 'irrelevant, unacceptable and motivated', leaders of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance on Sunday demanded that the judgment be scrapped.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting at the AL chief's Dhanmondi political office, they also vowed to face it legally and politically.

Mohammad Nasim, coordinator of the 14-party combine and health minister, said they are rejecting the apex court observations on a legal Parliament, Liberation War and Bangabandhu. "As part of it, we're demanding that the verdict be scrapped and it has to be scrapped. We'll face it legally and politically."

He said people know about the great Liberation War and Bangabandhu very well. "It's a universal truth that Bangabandhu led the Liberation War. People won't accept what was said in the verdict. They won't pardon it, too," he said, adding that that is why the review of the verdict is a must.

Samyabadi Dal General Secretary and former Industries Minister Dilip Barua said Parliament was defamed through the verdict. "I don't know where the Chief Justice was during the Liberation War. Mainly, he dared to show this as he knows nothing about the Liberation War."

He also said the Chief Justice gave a scope to the BNP-Jamaat clique so that they could engage in conspiracies.

About SK Sinha's call for not doing politics over the apex court verdict, Workers' Party General Secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha said, "...it's decent to overlook the words stated in this verdict regarding the most important matter of the country-- Liberation War."

He also demanded review of the verdict.

Jatiya Party (Manju) Secretary General Sheikh Shahidul Islam said not only the 14-party, but also the entire country is aggrieved with this verdict. "So, this verdict should be abolished."

Jasod President and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said after any verdict of the apex court, it becomes the property of people. "There could be criticism over that property and this not the defamation of the court," he said.

He said the role of Bangabandhu was undermined through the verdict. "It's motivated, out of the context and irreverent. It came to undermine the Liberation Mar and people's power."

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said people's rights were snatched through the verdict. "In the Constitution, it was stated that people will be the owner of everything. All power will be in the hand of public representatives, and this is a natural thing. You can say that this verdict is against the Constitution," he said.

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