Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Suranjit Sengupta today said opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia should go by the court order and vacate her Dhaka cantonment residence.
He accused BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of trying to instigate the army against the government by making provocative comments – a reference to his statement on Sunday that the issue of Khaleda’s cantonment residence should be left to the military to decide.
Addressing a discussion as the chief guest on ‘Conspiracy to Halt the Trial of War Criminals’ organised by Bangabandhu Academy at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), he said the decision to ask Khaleda to vacate the house was taken by the Cantonment Board.
With Publication and Publicity Secretary of Awami League Dhaka City Unit Abdul Haque in the chair, the discussion was addressed by General Secretary of AL Dhaka City Unit Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and Employment Ministry Israfil Alam and President of Bangabandhu Academy Hemayet Uddin, among others.
Suranjit said the government or the AL did not take any steps
to have the cantonment house vacated. “It was the Cantonment
Board that initiated the move and Khaleda rushed to the court.
Now the court has decided that you [Khaleda] have to vacate the
house in 30 days and you should leave it to honour the court
verdict and the rule of law,” he said.
The statements of BNP leaders on the issue are also
inconsistent with each other, he said, adding BNP itself took the
issue to the court to scrap the order of the Department of
Military Land and Cantonment (DMLC).
Suranjit, also a member of the Advisory Council of Awami
League, said former president Abdus Sattar illegally gave the
house to Begum Zia by applying his special power.
Suranjit said the Military Estate Officer issued notices to
Begum Zia three times and in response Begum Zia filed the writ
petition with the High Court against the notice on May 27, 2009.
DHAKA, Oct 19 (BSS)