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Quader: Judiciary independent, govt does not interfere

  • Published at 07:18 pm October 26th, 2019
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File photo of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who is also the general secretary of ruling Awami League Dhaka Tribune

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, was talking to reporters at a views-exchange meeting at Mohipal Circuit House in Feni

Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the verdict in the Nusrat murder case proved that the Awami League government does not interfere in Bangladesh’s independent judicial system.

“All the 16 accused, including the president of local Awami League unit, got death sentence in the Nusrat murder case. Awami League leaders’ names were not excluded from the charge sheet. So, it has been proved no offender can avoid punishment,” he said on Saturday.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, was talking to reporters at a views-exchange meeting at Mohipal Circuit House in Feni.

About the ongoing anti-crime drive, he said: “I do not know whether there is any such instance in world history that a ruling party conducted drives against its own party men. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set an example by conducting such a drive, which is very rare.”

Those who were involved in corruption, drug peddling, and extortion are now under surveillance, he said, adding that necessary legal action will be taken once evidence is available.

About Khaleda’s health condition, he said doctors’ observations about her condition do not match with what the BNP leaders and her relatives claim. “They just want to make political gains in the name of Khaleda’s illness.”

"BNP leaders and activists couldn't wage any visible movement even after two years of their chairperson being jailed. If they can free her through a movement, they can do so," he added. 

Regarding Rohingya repatriation, Quader said the Myanmar government is facing pressure from international community, including countries like China and India.

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Chittagong division Organizing Secretary and Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Feni-2 Constituency MP and District Awami League General Secretary Nizam Uddin Hazari, Deputy Commissioner MD Wahiduzzaman, Police Super Khondokar Nurunnabi, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Sumony Aktar, and Feni district Awami League President Abdur Rahman among others, were present at the event.

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