Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain yesterday alleged that the government was trying to achieve political gains keeping arms on the shoulders of the court.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the SCBA at his office in the Supreme Court he urged the government to let the court run in its own speed. "Otherwise, the court compound may be heated and ultimately country's democracy will fall into threat," cautioned.
The bar president said, “When people are deprived of their rights or oppressed by the government they come to court with their great expectation of getting justice.” But, he alleged “The government is maligning the court. It is unexpected."
Calling upon the government to settle the much-debated issue of vacating the cantonment residence of Khaleda Zia out of the court, Khandker Mahbub said, "The people of the country will not agree to evacuate Khaleda Zia from that house."
He said the government should withdraw its notice that cancelled a deed done nearly 30 years ago between Khaleda Zia and the government leasing her the residence in Shaheed Mainul Road in cantonment.
The High Court on Wednesday in its judgment rejected Khaleda Zia's Writ petition that was filed challenging a government notice, earlier served asking her to vacate the cantonment residence. The HC asked the government to give Khaleda Zia one month time to vacate the house.
Khandker Mahbub, in his written statement, alleged that the government had served the notice to BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition in parliament Khaleda Zia with political vindictiveness. It is not only against morality but also human values.
The government itself is trying to remain free from responsibility of taking decisions on the politically-debated issues through shifting those on the court, he alleged, adding that it would not be positive for democracy.
As a result, the country is moving towards a severe political crisis, Khandker Mahbub opined.
"No government is the last government. Earlier, we have seen many powerful governments and again seen them to go out of power," he said.
The bar president urged the government to resolve the sensitive and emotional issues out of the court. Otherwise, the lawyers along with the country's people would be forced to launch tough movement, he warned.
Bar General Secretary Barrister Badruddoza Badol along with its other members were present at the press conference.
Meanwhile, ruling Awami League joint secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif in response to the bar president yesterday termed his comment as contempt of court.
Hanif also said the government didn't bring the issue of Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence to the court, rather they (opposition BNP leaders) done so.
Commerce minister Faruk Khan yesterday said that the cantonment resident issue would be resolved very much in the court.
The minister, addressing a discussion at KG School ground under Moksudpur upazila in Gopalganj, said that there was no opportunity to resolve the issue politically. The matter would be resolved in the court and that it had already delivered its verdict on it.