Supreme Court fines two Bangladesh ministers Tk 50,000 each for contempt

Supreme Court fines two Bangladesh ministers Tk 50,000 each for contempt

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Dhaka – Bangladesh Supreme Cour has fined ministers Qamrul and Mozammel Tk 50,000 each for controversial comments about CJ, or to serve 7 days’ jail in default, UNB news agency reported.
Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq appeared before the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday morning to give their explanations for the controversial comments about Chief Justice SK Sinha in connection with the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali.
Qamrul Islam and AKM Mozammel Huq appeared before the court around 9am.
Earlier on March 20, SC adjourned the hearing until March 27 (today) on the contempt rule against the two ministers for their comments about the chief justice.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, fixed March 27 after the hearing on a court order which asked Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq to appear before it on the day with their explanations.
The court rejected the explanation of Qamrul and accepted Mozammel’s explanation partially, said Syed Mamun Mahbub, a lawyer of Qamrul.
The court also asked Qamrul to give the explanation again during the next hearing.
Earlier, on March 15, the SC ordered the two ministers to appear before it on March 20.
On March 14, ministers Qamrul Islam and Mozammel Huq offered unconditional apology to the court for their remarks.
They begged the pardon in separate applications submitted to the SC through their lawyers.
On March 8, the Supreme Court summoned the two ministers to appear before it on March 15 for their reactions to remarks of Chief Justice SK Sinha about prosecution as regards the trial of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali in a war crimes case.
The court then ordered them to explain their comments before it by March 14.
Ministers Qamrul Islam and Mozammel Huq had demanded resignation of the Chief Justice for his reported remarks that ‘the prosecution is doing politics with the trial of condemned war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali’.
The two ministers 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. – News Desk

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