Cabinet to decide on two Bangladesh ministers' fate: AG

Cabinet to decide on two Bangladesh ministers’ fate: AG


Dhaka – Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Sunday said the cabinet will take a decision about the fate of two ministers who faced contempt of court charges as it is a matter of morality, UNB news agency reported.
“It is not possible to tell anything about it as the matter is not discussed elaborately in the constitution but it is a matter of morality and the cabinet will take decision about the fate of the two ministers as they were fined by the Supreme Court on charge of contempt of court,” said AG.

The Attorney General came up with the remarks while talking at a press briefing at his office.
Earlier, the SC on Sunday fined Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq Tk 50,000 each for their controversial comments about Chief Justice SK Sinha’s reported remarks during the appeal hearing of war criminal Mir Quasem Ali.
The ministers will have to suffer seven days’ jail in default to pay the fine, the order said.
The court also ordered giving the fine money to Islamia Eye Hospital and Liver Foundation of Bangladesh.
Talking to the reporters, Mahbubey Alam said “The two ministers had taken oath that they will protect the constitution and the rule of law. As both the two ministries have constitutional responsibility, so the court issued rule against them for maintaining the dignity of the judicial department.”
“It is a message towards the country that none should raise question about the judgment of Supreme Court and the country’s people have witnessed that nobody, even the ministers were not spared for contempt of court as the court following their remarks about the judgment of the SC,” said the AG.
Noting that the court has rejected the unconditional apology of the two ministers, Mahbubey Alam said the court in its order said the court could not accept their petitions seeking unconditional apology due to the importance of the crime.
Qamrul and Mozammel had demanded resignation of the Chief Justice for his reported remarks that ‘the prosecution is doing politics with the trial of condemned war criminal Mir Quasem Ali’.
They made the demands at a roundtable discussion organised by Ekatorrer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee in the city on March 5.
During the hearing of arguments on Mir Quasem Ali’s appeal petition on February 23, the Chief Justice purportedly expressed dissatisfaction over the activities of the prosecution and the investigation agency.


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