Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said the government is not interfering in the functions of the judiciary as well as other independent institutions.
“The judiciary is now functioning quite independently. It should be independent for the sake of people’s development. All constitutional bodies, including the judiciary, will remain independent during the Sheikh Hasina-led government,” he said.
He was talking to reporters after attending a programme organised by Dhaka-based Kasba Association at Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh in Kakrail. The association accorded felicitation to Anisul Huq on the occasion.
On BNP’s allegation that the government is influencing the judiciary on delay in release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Anisul Huq said they (BNP) love to make such comments.
“The corruption case was filed against the BNP chairperson during the regime of the caretaker government controlled by Gen (retd) Moeen U Ahmed for embezzling orphans’ money. The trial court finished the proceedings of the case after they [BNP] had taken adjournments on it from the High Court and Supreme Court 20 times,” he said.
The trial court jailed Khaleda Zia for five years and on her appeal the HC enhanced her punishment to 10 years, said Anisul Huq, adding that the government had no interference in this regard.
Kasba Association President Engineer Kabir Ahmed presided over the programme where Uttra Group Chairman Md Motiur Rahman and Kasba Upazila Parishad Chairman Advocate Rashedul Kawser Bhuiyan Jiban spoke.