State minister for law Quamrul Islam on Tuesday replied to a legal notice, served on him by opposition BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman for making derogatory remarks about Tarique.
Abdul Matin Khasru, a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court, has sent the answer of the legal notice to Tarique’s lawyer Barrister Kaiser Kamal on behalf of the state minister.
Terming the legal notice as perverse, motivated and premeditated, Khasru said in the reply: “The notice has been issued out of political design only to affect the social position of the state minister.”
Urging Tarique’s lawyer to withdraw the “ridiculous and silly legal notice”, he claimed that the speech which the minister stated was authentic and genuine.
Highlighting on some negative issues like ‘August 21st grenade attack’, ‘corruption and money laundering charges against Tarique Rahman’, he said: “Your client (Tarique) is absconding in the eye of law and staying in abroad just to avoid the trial.”
“Despite of arrest warrant issued on him, your client is holding political meetings in the UK and Saudi Arabia,” he added.
On May 28, Main opposition party BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman’s lawyer has sent a legal notice to state minister for law Quamrul Islam for making derogatory remarks about Tarique on Tuesday.
Tarique's lawyer Kaiser Kamal told Dhaka Tribune that the notice was served against Quamrul because he had said “Tarique was conspiring to oust the government from abroad.”
In the notice, the junior law minister was given two weeks’ time to withdraw his comment and reply to the notice, Kamal said.
He also said if Quamrul Islam did not withdraw his comment, Tarique Rahman would file a case against him within the provisions of the penal code.
Opposition chief Khaleda Zia’s eldest son Tarique Rahman, who faces at least 16 cases including the August 21 grenade attack case, has been living in London for “medical treatment” since September 2008 when he was released on bail.
He recently made the news on May 20 after addressing a party meeting in an East London hotel where he called party men to wage a tougher movement for toppling the government.
Labelling Tarique a “fugitive”, state minister for law Quamrul Islam said steps would be taken to bring him back to the country.
Just two days after the junior law minister’s comment, a Dhaka court issued a fresh arrest warrant against Tarique in a money laundering case following a petition from the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The court directed the authorities concerned to bring Tarique back through Interpol.
On Monday,Tarique Rahman sent a legal notice through his lawyer to Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud for making “derogatory remarks” against him.
Barrister Kaisar Kamal sent the notice on behalf of Tarique.
On May 26, a Dhaka court directed the authorities concerned to bring back Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of main opposition party BNP, through Interpol.