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Law Minister provides falsehood in 16th amend bill: Fakhrul

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Staff Reporter
BNP on Monday accused Law Minister Anisul Huq of resorting to falsehoods by providing distorted information in the ‘The Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill, 2014’ about the annulment of parliament’s power to remove judges.
“The Law Minister on Sunday told the parliament that Ziaur Rahman had abolished parliament’s power to remove judges with the introduction of the chief-justice-led Supreme Judicial Council 1978,” said BNP acting secretary general spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He further said: “But the fact is that the power of parliament to remove judges was in the original constitution of 19742. It had been curtailed through the fourth amendment by the then Awami League government to the constitution in 1975 and the power was conferred on the President,” headed.
There was no need to resort to that falsehood by the Law Minister,” Fakhrul observed.
He made the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting injured Chandpur Sadar upazila BNP general secretary Khalilur Rahman at a city hospital. Ruling party man attacked Khalil on August 5 and stabbed him, leaving him critically injured.
The Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill, 2014, seeking to empower Parliament to remove Supreme Court judges, was placed in the House on Sunday.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq placed the Bill and it was then sent to the relevant parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny.
Opposing the Bill, Fakhrul said such a law cannot be acceptable in any democratic system. “Awami League’s decisions will be implemented if this parliament gets back the power to remove judges.
“This parliament doesn’t represent people. It was elected through a farcical election. Empowering a parliament which has no public representative to remove judges is amount to empowering Awami League to exercise the power,” the BNP leader said,
Asked whether they will announce any action program protesting government move, the BNP spokesman they will take the final decision at the party forum in this regard.
He alleged that the current illegal regime is imposing a motivated decision on people by amending the constitution.
Fakhrul assured that the ‘black’ law will be revoked if BNP returns to power.
Criticizing the ruling party for what he said its growing repressive acts, the BNP leader said Awami League being isolated from people and failed to face their opponents politically is harassing and repressing opposition leaders and activists and filing ‘false’ cases against them.