SCBA wants arrest of attackers on lawyers in 72 hoursStaff Correspondent
The Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday demanded arrest of the attackers on lawyers in 72-hours by constituting a judicial inquiry committee to investigate the December 29-30 incidents on the Supreme Court premises.
SCBA president AJ Mohammad Ali announced the fresh programme after observing a ‘token hunger strike’ from 10:00am to 1:30pm on the Bar Association premises protesting the attacks on lawyers by ‘musclemen of the ruling Awami League’ and demanding their exemplary punishment.
The demands also include immediate release of SCBA secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon and five other arrested lawyers, who are also politicians.
Earlier, Bangladesh Bar Council vice-chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum SC unit president Zainul Abedin broke the fast of the protestors.
Several hundred lawyers most of whom are loyal to the BNP gathered at the scheduled programme to press home the lawyers’ demand for arresting the attackers on lawyers when they were attempting to join BNP’s ‘march for democracy’ on Sunday.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction president ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Kalyan Party chief Syed Md Ibrahim joined to the programme expressing their solidarity.
Dhaka University Science Faculty Dean Tazmeri SA Islam, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists faction president Ruhul Amin Gazi and its secretary general Shaukat Mahmood, national press club general secretary Sayed Abdal Ahmad, among others, also joined the programme.
Expressing his solidarity, former SCBA president Moinul Hosein said that it was not a party programme. ‘It is the duty of all to protect the dignity of the apex court,’ he added.
Awami League lawyers and Democratic Lawyers’ Parishad held separate human chains at the Bar premises calling for ensuring congenial atmosphere on the apex court.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said that the Appellate Division had functioned on Thursday but the High Court could not due to opposition’s strike.
‘It is a criminal offence to create obstruction on the court’s functions,’ said Mahbubey Alam.
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