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HC receives report on PM's comments about HC arrest order

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a press conference at Gono Bhaban on Saturday. Photo: BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a press conference at Gono Bhaban on Saturday. Photo: BSS

A Supreme Court lawyer today placed before the High Court a report of The Daily Star on the prime minister’s yesterday's comments on the HC order for the arrest of three former Rab officials in connection with Narayanganj seven-murder.

On receiving the report, the bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar said that it would look into the matter later.

Addressing a press conference at the Gono Bhaban yesterday, the prime minister said: "When we were still investigating the matter … and before that investigation was complete … you tell us  how come a High Court bench orders arrest of the three [Rapid Action Battalion officers] ?”

While submitting the report before the HC bench, advocate Tamzida Mila read out a portion of the report on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comments.

She told reporters on the HC premises later that the prime minister’s comments over the High Court bench are “contemptuous”.

If the PM does not show respect to the High Court, other will not honour the court also, Tamzida noted.

Asked whether she would file any a plea with the HC for an order against the PM, Tamzida said she had yet to decide.

The prime minister yesterday said, “Now if you want any evidence, seek it from the judges of that court … they must have evidence as to what extent they [the three] were involved … how much guilty they are, etc ... they [judges of the bench] can say it better.”

“Collect information from them; give that [to us]. It will help us as well...  If the two judges of the bench that gave the arrest order provide detailed information, it will help expedite the case," she added.

Published: 12:41 pm Sunday, June 01, 2014

Last modified: 9:02 pm Sunday, June 01, 2014

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