BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today accused the government of keeping control over the judiciary and forcing judges to act according to its instructions.
“The judiciary is fully chained and controlled by the Awami League,” she said while addressing a reception of the newly elected committee of the Dhaka Bar Council at the auditorium of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital.
Khaleda added that the government repeatedly claimed that the judiciary is independent, but the department is not at all independent.
“The judges have no freedom. They are compelled to follow instructions (of the government),” said Khaleda, also head of the BNP-led 19-party alliance.
The former prime minister claimed that while in power they did not interfere into the judicial process. “The judiciary worked independently.”
She accused the government of destroying state institutions this way to make it a subservient country.
The BNP chief alleged that the government killed hundreds of people across the country by using joint forces as the people of Bangladesh rejected the January 5 election.
"Police and Rab are being used as Awami league activists in different activities," she said adding terrorism, killing, torture, enforced disappearance and grabbing are going on across the country.