Justice Minister Anisul Huq said today (June 5, 2022) that there is no legal ban on inviting BNP Chairwoman Khaleda Zia to the Padma Bridge inauguration ceremony.
“There are two conditions regarding Khaleda Zia for her to receive treatment in Bangladesh and for her not to be able to go abroad. So there is no legal impediment to inviting her to the ceremony which is taking place. will be held on the occasion of the opening of the Padma Bridge,” he said.
He made the remark while answering questions from journalists after attending as a guest of honor at a meeting organized on the occasion of the inauguration of the 146th Advanced Course for Chief Judicial Magistrates and Metropolitan Magistrates in Chief at the Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) in Dhaka.
Quoting Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader, Minister Anisul Huq said the government will invite Khaleda Zia to the inauguration ceremony of the Padma Bridge.
The Justice Minister said he also informed Minister Obaidul Quader this morning that there is no legal prohibition to do so.
Yesterday (June 4, 2022), Obaidul Quader, also secretary general of the ruling Awami League, told reporters that BNP chairwoman Khaleda Zia would also be invited to the inauguration ceremony “if applicable law permits”. .
Today, Anisul Huq told reporters that the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes no action against anyone out of prejudice.
Corruption cases were filed against BNP Chairman Khaleda Zia and her two sons under the caretaker government in 2007 and investigations into these cases were completed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and their trials completed according to law, he said, adding that blaming the Awami League for these cases and their trial procedures is baseless.