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Law Minister: Judiciary fully independent

  • Published at 11:45 pm June 21st, 2019
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File photo of Law, Justice and parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq Dhaka Tribune

He described opposition BNP's allegation about lack of rule of law in the country was 'a total nonsense'

Law Minister Anisul Huq said the country's judiciary has been fully independent during the tenure of the Awami League.

He said this while speaking at a reception program organized by Kasba Upazila Samity at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh.

He described opposition BNP's allegation about lack of rule of law in the country was "a total nonsense."

The minister emphatically said: "We don't control anything."

Khaleda Zia is in jail in a case filed against her during the caretaker government, Anisul Haq added.

Khaleda, three-time former prime minister, has been in jail since February 8, 2018 after a lower court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. 

She was also convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

"The judiciary has been working independently. Institutions that are constitutionally independent will remain independent," Anisul Huq said.

He said: "We believe in a free judiciary for the development of the people."

Most constitutional theories require that the judiciary is separate from and independent of the government, in order to ensure the rule of law - that is, to ensure that the law is enforced impartially and consistently no matter who is in power, and without undue influence from any other source.