BNP demands removal of Qamrul & Mozammel for breaking oath

BNP demands removal of Qamrul & Mozammel for breaking oath

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Dhaka-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday demanded the resignation of Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq immediately as what he said they have been convicted for breaching their oaths through contempt of court.“The BNP thinks that the two ministers should quit from the cabinet and also from parliament without any delay for maintaining the dignity and image of the Supreme Court,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan, he said it is not only a matter of law but a matter of ethics.
The BNP leader’s comment came hours after a lawyer filed a writ before the High Court over the legitimacy of two ministers staying in their posts after breach of their oaths of the constitution.
Moudud also demanded cancellation of all the orders signed by the two ministers after the pronouncement of the Supreme Court verdict on March 27.
“If it is not done, it will have a far-reaching negative impact on the democratic system in the country,” he observed.
Earlier, the Supreme Court fined the two ministers Tk 50,000 each for their controversial comments about Chief Justice SK Sinha in connection with ongoing trial in the International Crimes Tribunal.
Different quarters also demanded the resignation of the two ministers but they are attending the cabinet meeting as well.
In the written verdict of the contempt of court, the apex court observed that the two ministers had breached their oaths to protect the constitution by making comments over trail proceedings of the court.
Giving legal explanation, he said according to section 3 (1) of The Public Servants Dismissal on Conviction Ordinance, 1985 the two minister would be sacked since the date of the verdict because no public servant can stay in his/her post if he/she was filed.
The BNP leader hoped that the two ministers would tender their resignation willingly. If they resign, it would not tarnish their image rather self-esteem would be upheld.
Replying to a question on the provision if the two ministers are not resigned, the former law minister said since it was the Supreme Court verdict they would wait to see its next course of action.
BNP joint secretary general AM Mahbubuddin KHokan, KHairul Kabir Khokan and Sanaullah Miah, among others were present.-STAFF REPORTER

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