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Published:  03:24 AM, 05 December 2019

'BNP's warning tantamount to court contempt'

'BNP's warning tantamount to court contempt'

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the warning recently given by the BNP to wage movement for the release of its imprisoned chairperson Khaleda Zia is tantamount to contempt of court as the issue is under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

He came up with the remark while talking to reporters during a visit to the historical Shurawardy Udyan in the city to see the preparations for the 21st National Council of the Awami League (AL) to be held on December 20-21.

Hasan Mahmud, also AL publicity and publication secretary, said, "The issue of granting bail to her is the court's jurisdiction, not of the government. So, the warning of movement means defiance to the court .. . it proves they don't believe in country's legislative system, law or court."

As the decision regarding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail can be taken only by the court and not by the government, BNP's movement for her bail will be equivalent to contempt of court, he said.

Replying to a question, the minister said, "With the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the country is marching forward swiftly. She is working with an aim to take the country and the nation ahead."

He said, "The Prime Minister is conducting the purging drive against terrorism and corruption to materialize Bangabandhu's dream of Sonar Bangla."

Asked about the upcoming national council of AL, he said the council is being held to better-organize the party and infuse dynamism, as new faces take the leadership through the council.

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