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                                                              Dhaka, Jan 8 (bdnews24.com) – Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed thinks that the judges should be accountable to the parliament and the relevant article of the constitution should be restored to make it happen.

"I think the judges should be accountable to the parliament," he said on Saturday.

"Suranjit Sengupta said parliament is sovereign. If you want that you should restore article 96 of the constitution in line with the constitution of 1972," the former law minister said while addressing a discussion on human rights at the the National Press Club.

Article 96 of the constitution states that parliament can impeach the judges.

Suranjit, a senior Awami League leader, on Dec 20 said the law ministry was working to enact a law to make it mandatory for any government official to appear before the parliamentary committee.

About the initiative of Suranjit, he said, "The parliament members had the power to impeach the judges under the 1972 Constitution. I would ask him to restoree article 96 of the constitution to make the judges accountable to parliament."

He added that if there were any allegations against any judge, those are settled through the supreme judicial council.

The BNP standing committee member claimed that the present government made a new record in violating human rights over the last two years and "broke the records it made in its previous tenure of 1972-'75".

Citing an example, Moudud mentioned about the sentence of Mahmudur Rahman, the detained acting editor of Bengali national daily Amar Desh.

He alleged that the copy of the Supreme Court verdict against Mahmudur did not reach his lawyers, although it was delivered months ago. "We have not got a copy of the verdict from the Supreme Court. So he is being deprived of his rights to appeal to reconsider the verdict."

The Court on Aug 19 sentenced Mahmudur to six months and fined Tk 100,000 in a contempt of court case.

Referring to the independent organisations – Election Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Law Commission and Anti-corruption Commission-- Moudud said those organisations could not carry out their duties freely since they were being controlled by the government.

"The Election Commission wants to announce the schedules of Dhaka City Corporation, while the government does not agree. The Human Rights Commission has turned into a commission in papers only."

He alleged that a total of 130 acts were passed in the last two years, but none was sent to the Law Commission.

Claiming that the ACC was government controlled, Moudud said, "It is not independent and it is filing cases against the BNP leaders. But no case was filed against any MP or minister of the government.

"It seems the MPs and ministers are innocent."

Presided over by AEB president A N M Akther Hossain, Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, former Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Moniruzzaman Miah, film director Chashi Nazrul Islam and journalist Abdul Hai Sikder also spoke at the discussion. Wie der Schreck OverBlog in meinem Text Rechtsschreibfehler einfügt ist ein Beispiel. Ich habe den Titel direkt von der Zeitung kopiert. Dann kam die Manipualtion des OverBlogs. "Parlament" wurde "Parliament". Ich habe es jedoch wieder korrigiert.
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