AG hails decision to cancel allocation
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam in an instant reaction yesterday hailed the government's decision to cancel the allocation of the Mainul Hossain Road house at cantonment for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Those who had allocated the land of the army to Khaleda should be tried first, since they had showed excessive loyalty to her, Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star at his office.
Nobody has the right to allocate the property earmarked for the army for any particular individual, he added.
The government has taken an initiative to protect the interest of the army as well as the nation by bringing back the properties through cancellation of the allotment of the land, the attorney general said.
Now it would be better if the land is used to build houses for the family members of army officers killed during the BDR mutiny, he added.
When asked whether the decision was taken legally, Mahbubey Alam said: "We will look into this aspect when the matters will come to the court."
Meanwhile, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon MP, a counsel for the BNP chairperson, told The Daily Star that the party would take legal action against the government decision after consultation with the senior BNP lawyers.
Terming the decision unfair and politically motivated, he said the cabinet or the government has no right to cancel the registered deed to the residence where Khaleda Zia has been residing for the last 29 years.
The vested quarter who tried to destabilise the country by carrying out the massacre of army officers at the BDR headquarters but failed has provoked the prime minister into taking such an illegal decision, he added.
When contacted, legal expert Dr M Zahir said it is difficult to make any comment on the issue without going through the terms and conditions of the allotment.