Those who raise question do not want Bangabandhu killers to be punished
Those who do not want the killers of Bangabandhu to be punished are opposing the appointment of four judges in the Supreme Court, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.
The president has appointed the judges in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the constitution to fulfil the people's demand for disposal of the Bangabandhu murder case and ensure quick justice, he told reporters in response to a question about former law minister Moudud Ahmed's remarks on this issue.
Earlier in the morning, Moudud told a press briefing in his chamber at Motijheel that the intention of the government regarding the disposal of appeals in the Bangabandhu murder case is unclear and that the explanations from the government for the appointment are 'baseless'.
President Zillur Rahman appointed four senior-most judges of the High Court Division as judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on July 14, raising the number of judges in the Appellate Division to eleven.
"The appointments were made constitutionally. Those who raise questions about the recruitment actually do not want the killers of the father of the nation to be punished," Shafique Ahmed told reporters at an orientation programme for the students of a private law academy at the Shishu Academy in the city.
The law minister also hinted that the government would appoint more judges in the High Court for quick disposal of various cases.
At the orientation programme, he also said the government is planning to introduce alternative dispute resolution system to help clear huge backlog of cases and would formulate a law soon to this end.
The law minister also said the constitution was amended twice illegally during the period of military rulers. No military ruler can change the constitution and no parliament can legalise them, he added.