BNP on Sunday accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of trying to influence the court by making comments on its chairperson's under-trial Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office on Sunday.
“The way the Prime Minister talked about Khaleda Zia's cases is obviously an act of influencing the court. Does the Prime Minister think filing cases and giving punishment will depend on her will as the judiciary and administration under her control?" said Rizvi.
Rizvi questioned the premier whether she has already determined that the opposition leaders and activists will have to get punished in their cases while the ministers can retain their portfolios even after conviction by the court.
Addressing a reception accorded to her in Germany by the local unit of Awami League on Friday, Hasina said Khaleda Zia will certainly be punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case if the court is convinced with proper evidence and documents.
'This is clear that she (Khaleda) embezzled the orphanage money.If the court has the evidence, she (Khaleda) must be punished...they (BNP) won't allow the election just to save a thief. What type of attitude is this?" the PM said.
Protesting the PM's comment, Rizvi said Hasina and her party's top leaders are continuously spreading lies over the 'false and politically motivated' cases filed against the BNP chief.
“The Prime Minister and the Awami League leaders' statements have clearly manifested they're hatching new plots against Khaleda Zia,” he alleged.
There were 15 cases against Hasina when she became the Prime Minister, the BNP leader said, adding she withdrew the cases 'through magic' without legally facing those. “Awami League has set an example how their own cases can be removed while others can be harassed by filing cases using state power.”
He said the way a former Prime Minister like Khaleda has been harassed by forcing her to appear before courts frequently has hurt the sentiment of the country's crores of people.