BNP doesn’t have respect for rule of law: Law Minister

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Dhaka, December 05: Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said it appears from BNP lawyers’ Thursday’s unprecedented chaos inside courtroom at Appellate Division that the party does not have any respect for rule of law.“I strongly condemn the contemptuous behavior inside courtroom by BNP lawyers and some of their supporters those came from outside and attempt to create anarchy during hearing on Khaleda Zia’s bail plea at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court,” the law minister said at a press briefing this afternoon at his Gulshan residence.

Anisul said it was also seen in past that whenever any court order, judgement goes against them, BNP lawyers and their outsider supporters try to create chaotic situation in court.

Earlier in the morning, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) adjourned till December 12 the hearing on bail plea filed by BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The apex court passed the allowing a time plea of the state.

“Let this matter appear in the list on December 12, 2019, for hearing,” said a six-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, asking Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) vice chancellor to submit the report by December 11.

But right after apex court’s order, adjourning the bail hearing, counsels of Khaleda Zia along with pro-BNP lawyers started chanting political slogans, slandering court, creating a chaotic situation inside the courtroom.

“It appears from such activities that BNP does not have any respect for rule of law, they do not have any loyalty towards supreme constitutional institutions of the country and no state institution is safe from them,” he added.

The minister further said the government would not let anyone to insult any state institution and would bound to take action against those who would commit such unruly acts.