16th Amendment Cancellation Verdict
Pro-AL lawyers announce protest programme
Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad, pro-Awami League lawyer wing, on Saturday announced a three-day agitation programme in protest against the Supreme Court verdict that declared the 16th constitutional amendment illegal.
According to the programme schedule, all units of the Ainjibi Parishad will stage demonstrations on August 13, 16 and 17 across the country. It will also hold meetings on the premises of bar associations across the country on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.
In the written announcement, Ainjibi Parishad Member-Secretary Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh declared the programme at a press conference at the Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's political office at Dhanmondi.
While reading out the statement, Taposh said, "Lawyers are aggrieved with the verdict as the Chief Justice had given unexpected and irrelevant observation in it."
"He (CJ) also gave observation about Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, National Parliament and lower courts which is totally irrelevant," Taposh said.
"Countrymen hopes responsible behavior from the CJ. Bangabandhu is the Father of the Nation. Lawyers along with the common people are extremely aggrieved as the CJ had written in the verdict demeaning Bangabandhu. This matter has been recognized and included in the sacred Constitution," he said.
The Member-Secretary also said that a party and vested quarters are trying to create controversy over the judiciary.
Calling upon the court, Taposh said, "The courts have to expunge part of its observations in the verdict, which is offensive, unconstitutional, undemocratic and irrelevant."
"Such observation would pave the way to assume in the power for the unconstitutional persons that's why it is not acceptable and court should expunge such part from the verdict," he added.
Mentioning that a conspiracy is being hatched to create issue for ill political forces, Taposh said, "It has been trying to create Constitutional vacuum in the country. Lawyers of the Ainjibi Parishad will prevent such elements who do not believe in the country's independence, want to disrupt progress of the country and tried to destabilize the judiciary."
The Ainjibi Parishad also hailed former CJ and Chairman of Law Commission ABM Khairul Haque's remark in this regard.
Awami League Advisory Council Member Abdul Baset Majumder, Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad Convener Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Awami League Law Affairs Secretary SM Rezaul Karim, Food Minister Qamrul Islam, Awami League Deputy Office Secretary Biplab Barua, ALCWC Member Nazibullah Hiru, among others, were present on the occasion.
Humayun, in the press conference, said that their stand is not against the court some irrelevant remarks are there in the verdict which is not acceptable to the countrymen.
Bangladesh Online Activists Forum on Saturday also demanded that Chief Justice should expunge the irrelevant observations from the verdict.