There are legal complications in taking Khaleda Zia abroad: Home Minister
Dhaka, Sept 25: Stating that there are legal complications in taking BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia abroad, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that court approval may be required in this case. However, the law minister knows that well and the ministry cannot do anything outside the law.
He said this in response to a question from journalists after a meeting with United Nations Assistant Secretary General Unaisi Lutu Bhuniwaka at the Ministry of Home Affairs at the secretariat on Sunday.
A question has arisen whether there is a need to take any permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs to take Khaleda Zia abroad? In response to the question whether any such initiative will be taken or not, the Home Minister said, you know Khaleda Zia is a convicted accused in a case. The Prime Minister thought about it and suspended the sentence. Arranged to get advanced treatment from home. She is receiving treatment in a hospital with the best doctors in Bangladesh. I have increased the limit given by the court in view of their application.
He said, there is no such thing as the permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Since the matter is under the jurisdiction of the court, the home ministry has nothing to do without the court's approval. They applied to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Home Ministry then sends it to the Law Ministry for legal interpretation. If the law ministry thinks it is the jurisdiction of the court, then they will send it to the court, if they think the prime minister can do something here, so far it is going like that.
He also said that there are legal complications here. Court approval may be required. However, the law minister knows that well. In that case, the ministry cannot do anything.
When asked whether they have made any application in this regard, the minister said, we have not received any application so far.
It has been said on behalf of BNP - they make such an application every time. When told by the journalists, he said, every time they apply, we grant as much as we can. I grant that. After that, you have to go to court. We are doing as much as we can outside the court. I can't say more than that.