Senior BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury has launched a scathing criticism of the chief justice for his call to reprint the country's constitution in line with the Supreme Court verdict on the Fifth Amendment.
The standing committee member said chief justice A B M Khairul Haque took oath to uphold the constitution but his remark amounts to attempts to 'render the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) and the constitution ineffective'.
The feisty opposition leader alleged the chief justice's Thursday call betrays his lack of confidence in parliament and called for decisions from across the political spectrum on the matter.
"It looks like the verdict of top judge is the highest order. The constitution and the parliament bear no significance for him," Chowdhury, now under investigation for his alleged war crimes, told reporters at his Rahmatganj home in the port city.
He questioned the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and claimed that directives are being imposed on the government's executive wing.