The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday asked BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to file a written explain by Tuesday (today) on his alleged recent comments against the judiciary.In response to a time petition filed by Fakhrul’s lawyer Advocate Zainul Abedin seeking more time, the five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha asked Fakhrul to explain his position over his comments.
Earlier on February 18, the apex court asked him to give his explanation to the Appellate Division by February 22.
The show-cause to Fakhrul Islam Alamgir pertains to his alleged comments at a party meeting in Sylhet on February 7.
According to media reports, the BNP leader had said that the government was trying to control the judiciary. He had gone on to say that there was no democracy and no independent judiciary in the country.
The apex court sought the explanation, while hearing on three bail petitions filed by Fakhrul in cases related to arson and vandalism.
The next hearing on the pleas is on February 23 (today). On November 24, 2015, the High Court (HC) had granted bail for three months to Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the three cases. The government then challenged the HC order in the apex court on November 26.
However, the SC upheld the lower court’s order on November 30.
On the same day, Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was released from Part-2 of Kashimpur Central Jail after the apex court’s bail order reached the prison authorities.
On 6 January last year, plainclothes police had picked up Alamgir as he came out of the Jatiya Press Club after staying there for nearly 25 hours, following the BNP’s announcement to observe January 5 as ‘Democracy Killing Day’, protesting the 10th parliamentary polls held on that day.