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Minister: Khaleda’s indictment not politically-motivated

Update : 20 Mar 2014, 09:16 PM

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday claimed that framing charge against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was not politically motivated.

Terming it sub-judice matter, the minister said: “I should not talk about a sub-judice issue. But, it is true that the court has framed charge against the BNP chief after hearing.”

He made the comment after Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Basiri paid a courtesy call on him at the ministry.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed two cases against Khaleda Zia and her sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman on charges of illegal transaction of fund of Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust.

Anisul Huq said, “I do not see any political motive behind the cases as the investigation into the two cases started during the rule of the previous caretaker government. The cases were filed after completion of investigation.”

He added: “The cases were not lodged on political consideration. As an independent body, the ACC filed the cases and submitted the charge sheet against Khaleda. The charge was framed against her on the basis of evidences and allegations. There is no relation with politics.”

“BNP claimed that it would be deliberately done with political motives. They made the claims after the court had adjourned the cases 40 times. The charge was framed in presence of Khaleda,” he added.

Regarding Khaleda Zia’s allegation of framing the charge without questioning her about her offence, the minister said, “I should not make any comment on any sub-judice matter. The lawyers of ACC can explain their position.”

About “contempt of court act” he said:  “A draft of the proposed act was prepared earlier. But, finally the act was not passed. After consulting the stakeholders, we will take decision as to whether it is necessary or not. We will also take the proposal for amendment to the previous act into account, if necessary.”

He said though there is no contempt of court act right now in the country, some guidelines were given in the judgments on previous cases. “Contempt of court issues can be settled according to the judgments.” 

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