Tuesday, November 16, 2010

AG’s explanation has no legal basis: Moudud

BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Monday said the attorney general’s explanation about stay order of the Appellate Division over Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia’s cantonment house has “no legal basis”.
Moudud Ahmed
“It was intended to create a smokescreen and mislead the people,” he said at a press briefing at his Motijheel law chamber in the afternoon.
Replying to the Sunday’s statement of Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, the BNP leader said November 10 was the date of hearing the petition for leave to appeal and stay on the operation of the High Court verdict over vacating her Dhaka Cantonment house.
But the hearing on the matter was adjourned till November 29, he added.
Moudud, also former law minister, said the AG knows well that it does not require any separate petition for seeking stay order when the leave petition along with stay remained under consideration in the trial of a case pending with the Appellate Division.
Even then the government had evicted Khaleda from her residence with “an ill-motive” to frustrate her petition for stay and application for leave to appeal, he said.
The BNP stalwart said it has been done to tell the Appellate Division on November 29, the date set for hearing, that Khaleda Zia is no longer in possession of the disputed house.
He termed “nothing but adventurous” the AG’s remark that Khaleda Zia’s residence will be returned if she wins the case. After taking over the house “forcibly in terrorist-style” such a statement by the AG does not carry any sense and this is not difficult to understand by the people, Moudud said.
-Daily Star

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