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Khaleda’s legal notice to PM: Awami League, BNP lawyers weigh their legal options moving forward

Update : 22 Dec 2017, 12:21 AM
Pro-Awami League lawyers are planning legal steps against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for sending a legal notice to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asking her to apologize for “disparaging remarks” made earlier this month. The notice was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday via registered post, giving Hasina 30 days to respond. On Wednesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a press briefing that the notice warned of legal ramifications involving compensation if the prime minister does not apologize within the deadline. Lawyers affiliated with BNP are waiting for Khaleda’s instructions for the next course of action.
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However, Awami League Advisory Council member Advocate Abdul Baset Majumder said the prime minister openly talks about the people involved with corruption and has been playing an active role against such activities. The much-talked-about legal notice Khaleda Zia sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Dhaka Tribune“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina can make such statements,” he said. “If one is involved in corruption and she [Hasina] has information about it then she can definitely talk about it.” Abdul Baset said he was not sure what sort of response Khaleda Zia is expecting from the legal notice. “The content proves that BNP has issued it to create a political issue and that is the main objective of the party,” he said. BNP Joint Secretary General Mahbub Uddin Khokon termed the prime minister’s speech “politically motivated”. “She [Sheikh Hasina] made the remarks to politically undermine Khaleda Zia and that is why we have served her the notice,” he said.
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“I have sent the notice as a lawyer for Khaleda Zia. I cannot comment on it until I get instructions from her.” Advocate Yousuf Hossain Humayun, a convener of the pro-Awami League lawyers’ platform Bangabandhu Ainjibi Parishad, said Sheikh Hasina made the comments on Khaleda’s graft charges only after they were revealed in local and foreign media outlets. “The remarks the prime minister made were not her own,” he added. The lawyer, however, welcomed BNP’s move to serve the notice, saying: “It is good that they [BNP] sent the notice. It will help uncover the allegations against Khaleda.” The Awami League-affiliated lawyer said there is no obligation for replying to any legal notice, but a defamation case can be lodged if the notice is not answered within 30 days. BNP chairperson’s Adviser Advocate Joynul Abedin and Awami League Legal Affairs Secretary SM Rezaul Karim could not be reached over the phone for comments.This article was first published on Bangla Tribune
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