BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia should be shown the highest level of respect in jail as she is a former prime minister and wife of a freedom fighter, said Abdul Kader Siddique yesterday.
The president of Krishak Sramik Janata League was speaking at a views-exchange meeting with lawyers of Joypurhat yesterday afternoon as a special guest. The Joypurhat District Bar Association organised the event on its premises.
Khaleda Zia went to jail because she was convicted by the court, he said. “…it was a decision taken by the court. But she is an elderly person, a [former] prime minister and wife of a freedom fighter; she should be shown the highest level of respect in jail.”
“She's in jail now. Let her stay in jail for 30 more years… I have no issue with that… but what about the thousands of crores of taka being looted and justice not being served?” he said.
The people of the country did not accept the Tk 2 crore corruption case against her, he said. Kader claimed that there was no corruption and the money was still in the bank.
He also criticised the government for appealing to the court for staying her bail.
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain, the chief guest, said people want multi-party democracy in the country. “But the time has come to understand what would be the role of the parties. They cannot do whatever they want according to their whim.”
Even if a party wins the majority seats, it does not have the power to do whatever it wants as it is “controlled” by the Constitution. “They cannot touch the basic structures of the Constitution even if they have 300 seats in the parliament.”
None of the governments have earned acceptability by “defying” the fundamentals of the 1972 Constitution. And no one would be able to do so in the future, said the Gonoforum president.
The 1972 Constitution says all powers in the Republic belong to the people, not an individual, he said. A person can exercise his or her power granted by the Constitution. If the person crosses that limit while exercising power, the court has the right to term it unconstitutional, said Dr Kamal.
The court can even cancel amendments, he added.