Justice minister and BNP MP tussle over rule of law at JS

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party MP Md Harunur Rashid clashed in Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday over the rule of law in the country.

As the justice minister rose in parliament to table the ‘Bangladesh Supreme Court Judges (Leave, Pension and Privileges) Bill, 2022’, opposing the decision raised by BNP’s Harun

a question of why the house was enacting a law when there was no rule of law in the country and law enforcement was only used to serve the goals of the ruling party.

“Although there are laws, we do not see their proper implementation. If the laws were not properly enforced, what would be the benefit of enacting a new law? he said.

Responding to Harun, the Minister of Justice said that since the Awami League government came to power, he had tried the assassins of “Bangabandhu”, prison murder cases and war criminals.

Harun, however, said in his statement that he has no objections to the bill. Instead, he proposed a further increase in judges’ salaries and the appointment of more judges.

Accusing discrimination in law enforcement, he said: “I saw a few days ago that the lawmaker AL Haji Mohammad Salim, who was sentenced to 10 years, went abroad to get treatment. You [Law Minister] as well as the Minister of the Interior said he had complied with the law. But former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia repeatedly asked you to seek treatment abroad and you said there was no chance. You were applying the law unevenly,” he said.

Harun said the Awami League carried out programs under the protection of law enforcement, but the opposition was not allowed to carry out their programs.

Referring to the recent Bangladesh Chhatra League attacks on Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal on the University of Dhaka campus, Harun asked, “Can we call this a state of civilized good governance?

He said a DU student was harassed and tortured by thugs named Chhatra League at the Supreme Court premises which was shown in the media.

“But the law has not yet taken any action in this regard,” he added.

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