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16th constitutional amendment verdict didn't get acceptability, PM tells JS

SANGSAD BHABAN, Sept 13, 2017 (BSS) - Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina today called for upholding democracy in the country and said the Supreme Court verdict regarding the 16th constitutional amendment didn't get acceptability to any one.

The prime minister also said through the judgement, the chief justice has made questionable parliament and democracy apart from himself.

She said this while participating in a discussion on a resolution (general) on the apex court verdict that scrapped the 16th constitutional amendment.

"While going to say many words, he made questionable to everything -- parliament, democracy -- apart from himself ... my question is that what is his intention behind this," Sheikh Hasina said.

The prime minister added that this parliament is sovereign, it frames constitution and protects the rights of the people. The parliament also establishes the democratic rights of the people.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal lawmaker Moinuddin Khan Badal brought the proposal that says, "The Jatiya Sangsad expresses the view that let the House take appropriate legal measures for scrapping the declaration of ultra vires the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in the verdict in the 16th Amendment case and also striking down the unconstitutional, objectionable and irrelevant observations made by the honourable Chief Justice about the Jatiya Sangsad and other important matters in the judgment."

Sheikh Hasina said democracy will have to be upheld side by side with upholding the fundamental and voting rights of the people.

The prime minister said development could never be made without the
continuation of democracy. "The uplift won't be made in future also without democracy," she added.

The premier said the parliament is also working to perform this
responsibility. The strength of the people is the main force that has been mentioned in article 7 in the constitution.

"So the dignity and rights of the people will have to be upheld," she added.

Sheikh Hasina said the chief justice made comments by dishonouring the President and raised questions about the role of Father of the Nation as well the independence of the country.

She said the chief justice told against "Iness" but he took steps for establishing "Iness" through the supreme judicial council. His dual and self-contradictory comments never be acceptable to us," she added.

Sheikh Hasina pointed out that there are many conflicting matters in the verdict of the 16th constitutional amendment. "Whatever words and examples the chief justice made it seems that he returned to the 17th century," she said, adding it's also a question who and from where it has been prepared.

The prime minister said it's reality that everybody must have accountability.
"We have to be accountable to the people and we go to the people after five years for seeking votes ... so everybody will have accountability and it's the reality," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the chief justice echoed the remarks of the BNP and Jamaat-Shibir about the Father of the Nation.

The prime minister said the parliament has adequate freedom of expression. In a democratic country, the judiciary, legislature and executive enjoy equal rights and they work as supplementary to each other.

Sheikh Hasina the apex court scrapped the martial law and declared usurping power as illegal. She said the supreme judicial council was formed through a martial law proclamation.