Habiganj Correspondent : Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said the government has no interference in the bail for BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia who is now imprisoned in a corruption case at former Dhaka Central Jail.
“BNP leaders are out to mislead people by spreading falsehood that the government is interfering in the matter of Khaleda Zia’s bail,” he told newsmen after inaugurating a newly constructed building of Habiganj District Bar Association here.
The minister said the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case is now at the hearing stage in the Supreme Court.
Asked whether the government has any plan to frame a new law for awarding capital punishment to rapists, Anisul said there is a provision of death penalty in the Women and Children Repression Act for killing a woman after rape.
There is another provision to give life term imprisonment for rape case only, he said, adding that there is no need for enactment of a new law in this regard.
“The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes in rule of law. Killers of architect of independent Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders were executed and trail of war criminals are going on while a few of the war criminals have walked to gallows during the government tenure,” he said.
District Bar Association President Advocate Afil Uddin chaired the function while local lawyers Advocate M Abu Zahir, Advocate M Mahbub Ali and Advocate Amatul Kibria Keya Chowdhury and Law Secretary Abu Saleh M Zahirul Haque spoke on the occasion, among others. Association’s General Secretary Advocate Lutfur Rahman conducted the programme.