‘Govt unlikely to make blunder by arresting Khaleda Zia’

17 Oct 2017, 20:55

Online Desk

Dhaka: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday said the government is unlikely to make a blunder by arresting their chairperson Khaleda Zia, returning home on Wednesday from London.

Speaking at a discussion, he also said Khaleda Zia is returning home keeping her some medical treatment incomplete only showing respect for the court and law as warrants were issued for her arrest.

"Nothing will happen to her on her return home. She'll be present before the court seeking bail. The government won't make such a mistake (by arresting her). The warrants, I think, were issued due to political influence and political decision," the BNP leader said.

Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal arranged the discussion at National Press Club.

"She's returning home keeping her some treatment incomplete only to show respect for the law and court. Our leader (Khaleda Zia) will go to the court on the following day of her homecoming," Moudud said.

As per rules, he said, the bail is revived when an accused surrenders before court after any warrant is issued for his or her arrest. "It's usual legal process."

The BNP leader also said Khaleda Zia is not afraid of the arrest warrants.

A court in Comilla and two others here issued warrants for Khaleda Zia's arrest last week in three cases.

Moudud appreciated Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda for his remarks that Ziaur Rahman had introduced multiparty democracy, saying he spoke the truth.

He said it is unfortunate that some people are criticising the CEC for the remark. "It means they (ruling party) neither can tolerate their criticism, nor praise of others."

The BNP leader said the ruling party is showing the same attitude towards the CEC what they did towards the Chief Justice earlier following the Supreme Court's 16th amendment verdict.

He also said the government made a big mistake by interfering in the judiciary over the 16th amendment verdict. "They'll have to pay for it."

Moudud also thinks it is not lawful to give the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) the charge for probing the graft allegations against Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

"The allegations have been brought after he (Sinha) left the country. This is not the right way. I also think probing the allegation by the ACC is not lawful when there's a supreme judicial council to do it. The main motive behind the move is to belittle him (Sinha) and the judiciary," the former law minister said.

He also said the reshuffle in the Supreme Court administration is a direct interference of the government in the judiciary.