16th Amendment verdict motivated: Inu

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PV Desk : Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today that the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was motivated and its aim was not to protect the independence of the judiciary but to create confusion about the Great Liberation War, the role of Bangabandhu and restore the remnants of military rule.

The minister was speaking at a press conference at his Secretariat office.

He further said that the 16th Amendment was part of an effort by the government to restore the constitution to its original form.

“The Constitution of 1972 was mutilated by military rulers and the Court judgment preferred the mutilation rather than the original one, “he said.

“It raises several questions,” he added. “Can the Chief Justice change the Constitution,” he asked rhetorically.

He also said that there were many implications of the judgment. “For instance”, he said “Is the Chief Justice above the Constitution?”

Refuting allegations that the government was creating a controversy about the verdict, he said “On the contrary, the Chief Justice had raised controversy by questioning the very foundations on which the nation was built.”