Quader briefs president on Al’s stance over 16th amendment verdict

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 19:04:23
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Quader briefs president on Al’s stance over 16th amendment verdict

Quader briefs president on Al’s stance over 16th amendment verdict
Awami League leader Obaidul Quader Monday briefed President Md Abdul Hamid about the party’s stance on Supreme Court's verdict that declared 16th constitutional amendment illegal.

"I have cleared the party's stance on the observations made in the 16th amendment verdict,” he told reporters at the Bangabhaban entrance.

Quader said he also briefed the president on his meeting with the chief justice. 

"The president appoints the chief justice as he is the custodian of the state. So, I have informed him what we discussed." 

On Saturday, AL General Secretary Quader met Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha at his residence.

He later told the media that he had briefed him on the party's stance.

Sinha was also at the Bangabhaban on Monday to attend the President's reception for the Hindu community on the Janmashtami festival.

A report on bdnews24.com says Quader entered the Bangabhaban around 12:30pm and left an hour later.

Asked whether they met, he said, "I have not met him. I was not aware that the president was hosting a reception."

On whether the government will seek a review of the verdict, Quader said, "We have opened talks with the chief justice and will not make any comment until the discussions are finished."

The 16th Amendment to Constitution empowered parliament to sack top court judges on the grounds of misconduct and incompetence.

Last year, the High Court declared the amendment ‘illegal’ and the decision was upheld on Jul 3 by the Appellate Division.

The full verdict was finally released by the Supreme Court on Aug 1.

The ruling party has criticised the verdict, but the BNP describes it as historic.

Law Minister Anisul Huq and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam have said they would move to expunge 'irrelevant and offensive' parts in the verdict's observation, but did not say how it would be done.

 
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