December 2010

The memory of two years of under disguise martial law is still fresh in our minds. Among many things, that was the time for the center right politics in Bangladesh to get a much deserved thrashing. The military regime did not only go overboard in thrashing the emerging icon of center right politics, Tarique Rahman — the Army Chief and disguised CMLA Moeen U Ahmed received Horses from his Indian counterpart fulfilling all its symbolic value and pardoned a convicted murderer because he was a freedom fighter! And when the martial law steamroller was at its peak, rather surprisingly, woke up a portion of Dhaka University. During that short lived rebellion and the months following, while neo-Awami Leaguer and master revisionist of History Dr Anwar Hossain became face of intellectual and academic resistance, pro-BNP teachers suddenly all became pro -milirary crusaders. After enjoying all the perks of BNP rule of ten years, these “BNP minded” teachers who claim to belong to “Shada Panel”, suddenly became silent academic scintists who don’t understand anything about politics. However as Moeen U’s adventurism failed, it looks like suddenly these ‘Shada panel” academics got their voice back. Here are some excerpts of their recent chattering taken from Ali-Mahmed’s blog

ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের জীববিজ্ঞান অনুষদের ডিন আবুল বাশার বলেন, “দেশের আকাশ-বাতাসসহ প্রতিটি কণা ‘আমি তারেক জিয়া বলছি’ ডাকটি শুনতে চায়।” (প্রথম আলো/ ০৪.০৯.১০)
কলা অনুষদের ডিন সদরুল আমিন বলেন, “আমরা চাই তারেক জিয়া আমাদের মাঝে ফিরে আসুন…।”
বিজ্ঞান অনুষদের ডিন তাজমেরী এস এ ইসলাম বলেন, “…তারেক রহমান দেশের বাইরে বসে আত্মসমালোচনা ও আত্মবিশ্লেষণ করছেন।”
ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের শিক্ষক সমিতির সাধারণ সম্পাদক এ বি এম ওবায়দুল ইসলাম বলেন, “তারেক রহমান তারুণ্যের অহংকার। তাঁর দেহে দেশপ্রেম ও স্বাধীনচেতার রক্ত বইছে।…।”(প্রথম আলো/ ০৪.০৯.১০)

Anyway all their Tarique Rahman love fest did not help them win votes of Dhaka University teachers. In both Dhaka University and Chittagong University; the ” BNP-Jamaat ভাবধারার সাদা প্যনেল” got their thrashing of life by being soundly defeated.
One can rest assured that these dumb scoundrels will not take lesson from this. They will keep on their তারিক বন্দনা forgetting their real role in Bangladesh politics.

First of all, while they have their right to get involved in national level politics, they should have known that they should not bring the national politics in University Teachers union election.

Second, when university teachers get involved in national politics, they are expected to play the role of ideologues and pressure groups of caution within their political platform. Arranging Tarique love fest is exactly the thing that is not the job of University teachers. But being the ideologues and pressure group of caution within the party, their role should have been to speak out that Tarique is at the core of everything that went wrong with BNP since 2001. Thanks to Tarique Rahman, BNP got 20% less vote than Awami league during last election. These university teachers were supposed to tell that to Mrs. Khaleda Zia. Who will tell otherwise? They are the ones who would rather arrange seminar, round tables and talk about the outrageous nature of the verdicts of current Chief Justice Khairul Haque, or the gross misinformation and frank lies in the Fifth Amendment verdict. These teachers should have been the ones who should have explained Zia’s politics to the new generations. or discuss about the শুভঙ্করের ফাকি in the name of transit or they would have been nations conscience regarding Tipaimukh issue. And shame on these morons, only thing they thought they could do is this, “দেশের আকাশ-বাতাসসহ প্রতিটি কণা ‘আমি তারেক জিয়া বলছি’ ডাকটি শুনতে চায়।”

And thirdly, what do these BNP supporting teachers mean by “BNP-Jamaat ভাবধারার সাদা প্যনেল”? Do they know or understand what is Jamaat’s vabdhara? Jamaat’s main political goal is establishment of আল্লার আইন . How does that match with BNP’s ভাবধারা ? Do that Dean of Arts faculty, those Professors of History know that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman did not allow jamaat to do politics in Bangladesh? Or I am expecting too much from these foolhardy opportunists known as Shada panel member teachers?

If this is the intellectual quality of the academic leaders of our top academic centers, what is the future of the country?

While our top judiciary were busy protecting their মান সম্মান (respect) by jailing, punishing and fining editors, newspaper reporter and publisher, it looks like the ‘public’ has spoken out. There is a local saying, পাবলিকের মুখ তো আর বন্ধ কইরা রাখতে পারবেন না… one can gag the media by jailing maverick editors, but whatever powerful one may be, no one can keep the general public from speaking out.

Exactly this is what happened to our high judiciary. Bangladesh chapter of Berlin based Transparency International conducted a household survey about their perception of corruption in different service sector in Bangladesh. In that survey, Bangladesh’s top judiciary was deemed most corrupt, even superseding Bangladesh’s notorious police force.

It is true a better perception should not have been expected when the high judiciary in Bangladesh is now led by shamelessly partisan, hypocrite, academically ill and misinformed Judge, Mr Khairul Haque. It matters a little how or what the leadership of our higher court feels about this demeaning public perception. But it is important to emphasize that after this, the judiciary does not have any moral right to keep dissident editor Mr Mahmudur Rahman in jail. Reporter Oliullah Noman, who already served a jail sentence, deserves an apology from this judiciary.

One may ask why public perception about the integrity of our judiciary did give such a nosedive. For them the story below should be enough to describe the state of our judiciary.

গত ১৩ নভেম্বর মতিঝিল থানায় দায়ের করা গাড়ি ভাঙচুর মামলায় বাংলাদেশ জামায়াতে ইসলামীর ঢাকা মহানগর আমীর রফিকুল ইসলাম খানকে গ্রেফতার দেখিয়ে জিজ্ঞাসাবাদের জন্য সাত দিনের রিমান্ডের আবেদন করেছেন মামলার তদন্ত কর্মকর্তা মতিঝিল থানার এসআই। আদালতের নথিতে রয়েছে, রফিকুল ইসলাম খান গত ২৫ আগস্ট থেকে সরকারের হেফাজতে ঢাকা কেন্দ্রীয় কারাগার এবং ঢাকা মহানগর ডিবি কার্যালয়ে আটক রয়েছেন। আদালতের কাছে এ নথি সংরক্ষিত থাকা সত্ত্বেও পুলিশের করা এ মিথ্যা মামলায় রফিকুল ইসলাম খানের জামিন নামঞ্জুর করে তাকে কারাগারে পাঠানো হয়েছে। পল্টন থানার একই ধরনের অন্য একটি মামলায় তিন দিন রিমান্ড শেষে রফিকুল ইসলাম খানকে ২১ ডিসেম্বর ঢাকা সিএমএম আদালতে হাজির করা হয়। রিমান্ড আবেদনে বলা হয়, রফিকুল ইসলাম খান গত ১৩ নভেম্বর সন্ধ্যায় নটর ডেম কলেজের সামনে নিজ দলের নেতাকর্মীদের নিয়ে সশরীরে হাজির হয়ে একটি যাত্রীবাহী বাস থেকে যাত্রীদের টেনেহিঁচড়ে নামিয়ে বাসটি ভাঙচুর করেন। একই সাথে আসামি নিজ হাতে গাড়িটিতে আগুন ধরিয়ে দেন। দাউ দাউ করে বাসটি জ্বলতে থাকলে মতিঝিল থানা থেকে ঘটনাস্খলে গিয়ে তাকে দৌড়ে পালিয়ে যেতে দেখা গেছে। পুলিশের চোখ ফাঁকি দিয়ে তিনি দীর্ঘ দিন পলাতক ছিলেন। গাড়ি ভাঙচুর ও আগুন দেয়ার সময় তার সাথে যারা ছিল তাদের নাম-ঠিকানা জানতে তাকে সাত দিন পুলিশের হেফাজতে রাখা প্রয়োজন।

রফিকের আইনজীবীরা আদালতে বলেন, মামলা দায়ের হয়েছে ১৩ নভেম্বর। ঘটনাও ঘটেছে ওই দিন। ফরোয়ার্ডিংয়ে বলা হয়েছে, গাড়ি ভাঙচুর ও পোড়ানোর ব্যাপারে তিনি স্বয়ং হাজির থেকে নেতৃত্ব দিয়েছেন। তিনি নিজ হাতে আগুনও দিয়েছেন। অথচ এ ঘটনার দুই মাস ১৮ দিন আগে ২৫ আগস্ট রফিককে গ্রেফতার করা হয়েছে। ওই দিন থেকে তিনি কারা ও ডিবি পুলিশের হেফাজতে রয়েছেন। কাজেই রিমান্ড তো দূরের কথা, এ মামলাই গ্রহণযোগ্য নয়।

আদালত আসামিপক্ষের আইনজীবীদের তাদের বক্তব্যের সপক্ষে তথ্যপ্রমাণ দিতে বলেন। আইনজীবীরা রফিকের গ্রেফতার হওয়ার পর আদালতের বিভিন্ন তারিখের আদেশ ও এর আগে রিমান্ডের কাগজপত্র পেশ করেন। তারা উচ্চ আদালতের একটি আদেশনামাও পেশ করেন। এতে উল্লেখ রয়েছে, রফিক গত ২৫ আগস্ট থেকে সরকারের হেফাজতে রয়েছেন। তথ্যপ্রমাণের ভিত্তিতে আসামিপক্ষের দাবিই সঠিক এবং পুলিশের মামলাটি মিথ্যা বলে প্রমাণিত হয়।

লজ্জার বিষয়, দলীয় তাগিদে পেশাগত নৈতিকতা জলাঞ্জলি দিয়ে মিথ্যাচারেও পিছপা হলেন না সরকারপক্ষীয় আইনজীবীরা। তারা আদালতকে বললেন, পুলিশ যে মামলা দিয়েছে তা সঠিক। আসামিকে রিমান্ড থেকে বাঁচানোর জন্য তার আইনজীবীরা আদালতে মিথ্যা তথ্য দিয়ে আদালতকে বিভ্রান্ত করছে। এক পর্যায়ে আদালতের বিচারক অতিরিক্ত মহানগর ম্যাজিস্ট্রেট মো: আলী হোসাইন এজলাস ছেড়ে খাস কামরায় চলে যান। খাস কামরায় বসেই তিনি রিমান্ড আবেদন নামঞ্জুর করেন। একই সাথে জামিনের আবেদনও নাকচ করে দিয়ে তাকে কারাগারে পাঠানোর আদেশ দেয়া হয়।

In a nutshell, a senior leader of political party Jamaat has been under arrest since 25th August. The whole country knows about it. As the cases against him are not that strong and to extend his jail term or to make him confess to something specific, government’s law men needed to bring him back to remand ( Questioning/ torture time). For this reason a request was made to Dhaka district CMM court to grant ten days remand and continued incarceration on the ground that this leader himself burnt buses on 13th November. Per police request, police officials themselves saw that this specific leader was setting fire to a bus and while the bus was set ablaze, he ran away.  And since then he was hiding until 21st December when he was produced before this Choef Metropolitan Magistrate Court. While defendant’s lawyers informed the judge that the defendant in under arrest from 25th August and produced all the paper works in support of their claim, the government lawyers response was that the paper-works were false and fabricated.  The honorable Judge, after being satisfied with government lawyers’ incredible argument, granted maximum ten days remand of the defendant and also approved continued incarceration. ( He even did not bother to ask why continued imprisonment need to be granted if he was indeed not in jail until now).

… everyone will be happy.  The government will be happy because they won’t have to prove anything, hold any trial, meet any international standard, answer to annoying human rights activisists foreigners.  The war crimes trial movement will be happy — they will celebrate the death of a hated enemy.  His rivals in Chittagong BNP will be happy.  BNP leadership will be happy — he has a large following, and a massive funeral will be quite a showdown. 

Rumi is a doctor.  He can tell us the odds of a 63 years old with three previous heart attacks and has several cardiac stents suffering a fatal attack under these conditions

What did you say?  Fair trial?  That’s so passe man, Shahrier Kabir told the Economist: We should set our own standards.

Death in custody is our standard.  What’s so unfair about that? 

Peace will reign in deezeetaal Bangladesh when he is dead.

Long time member of Bangladesh parliament Mr Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury has recently been arrested. Although government minister’s were promising his arrest for his alleged involvement in committing atrocities against Bangladeshi freedom fighters during 1971 war of Independence, he was arrested on an accusation of arson in Dhaka during the day of General strike last month. Interestingly,  Mr Chowdhury was not even in Dhaka when the  alleged arson took place in Dhaka. In a breach of routine legal practice, after arrest Mr Chowdhury was not produced before the court. He was taken to an undisclosed location ( Many suspected it to be a police station inside the Military Garrison in Dhaka)  and 12 hours later when he was produced before court, Mr Chowdhury reportedly was bleeding, limping. In court he accused of inhumane torture on hm. After the court approved five days to grill him and when he returned to the court, the court even did not allow to let the accused Mr Chowdhury come before the court. So totally disconnected from family, lawyers, political colleague– there is no was to know how much more  torture Mr Chowdhury endured.  His daughter and wife called a press conference and pointedly asked the government, where the blood, those were seen on Mr Chowdhury’s ears and face, came from.


Almost every body ( if not absolutely everybody) remained silent on this torture accusation as the victim of this torture was a bad guy. He is a political leader accused of crimes against humanity against our side during our war of independence.  So as he committed very grave crimes like war crimes, no one should speak out against torture on him. If one does, she/ he is also a rajakar ( Collaborator) if not war criminal. We are against torture. But this guy is an exception.



Few years ago, this comment was made on this blog post

[ On inquiry, I came to know that the commenter was Fabia Mim Mamoon, teenage daughter of Gias Uuddin Al Mamun]


“out of sight out of mind” – this is so true.
the last post was made on june 20 2007. Ever wonder where the man is now? and in what condition?

All the politicians sent to custody after 1/11 are out. Well most of them. Whatever he is he cannot be the most corrupted person in Bangladesh. There are rapists murderers who are living peacefully in our society among us.

Even for a second if i assume that he was, the way he was tortured one else was ..
he was actually arrested on 30th Jan, 2007 but was shown arrested from 26th March. During this time  he was hidden. No one knew where he was, his family of four passed the most brutal time. He has a wife, two daughters who were 3 and 15 then and a son aged 9. They knew he died. The family was interrogated again and again. The integrators would jump into the premises from all sides of the house at midnight and would wake everyone up and ask the same questions repeatedly. Once it was also seen that one of the interrogators with a gun in his hand had moved the youngest child’s hair from her face when she was asleep. On 26th March night, the family had gone to sleep. There was a knock on the master bedroom door around 3am, one of the house staff said “they are here”. Slowly everyone started coming out of their rooms, the voices of many men had awakened them. Everyone was dumped in to Mamoon’s elder daughter’s room and they began searching the house, all of a sudden a man walked into the room, the man was unknown but when he called out Mamoon’s daughter’s name everyone turned around and looked at him. The face was unknown but the voice was known. He then bursted into tears and his elder daughter ran and hugged him tight while his wife fainted and the other two children could not believe what they were looking at. After sometime Mamoon and his wife were called into their room where the law men have opened the stitches of a couch and put in the gun inside te couch in front of everyone’s eyes and then took it out as an illegal gun was discovered. A case was placed against him.

Slowly the truth started coming out and he started telling his family how he was tortured :-
1. on the very 1st night all his nails were taken with a plus.
2. he was given electric shocks at every part of his body.
3. he was put into mock cross fire.
4. he was tied and pushed into a lake and taken out when they knew he wouldn’t be able to take it anymore.
5. he was placed in a small box were there is hardly any space to move and a high voltage bulb was placed on top.
6. knowing that he had brain hemorrhage in the pat, he was brutally kicked until lather came out of his mouth.
7. they even made him sign on random blank papers.

Maybe he did have “ill gotten money” but always remember television n papers love to spice up things and they add lots of “zeros”.
– The house in gazipur that is said to be his is actually on 5 katha land and really doesn’t belong to him. His wife inherited that from her grandfather.
– He owes huge amount of loans to different banks, he had taken those to set up his factories. There are a total of 5000 workers working in the factories now, all the factories prohibit child labour and each of the workers family consists of 4 members on an average, that makes it 5000*4 = 20 000.
– all of the property values that have been shown are CURRENT values. value of property, fdrs were not shown as they were at the time of purchasing.

His middle child (son) is mentally disturbed. He is not being able to cope up at school ever since …. His academics .. personal behavior ..everything is going down ..

His younger daughter misses her dad so much she regularly draws pictures of him and her together. It’s so sad that she couldn’t even understand the term “dad” properly ..before that he was taken away ..

There are lot more that can be said ..
People please do not believe in whatever people say. Try to look up. there are lot of things we are not aware of. If this is the story of 1 man, imagine how many men and families were harassed.


Almost every body ( if not absolutely everybody) remained silent on this torture accusation as the victim of this torture was a bad guy. He is a corrupt man accused of massive corruption.  So as he committed very grave crimes like grand scale theft, no one should speak out against torture on him. If anyone does, she/he is also a corrupt criminal. We are against torture. But this guy is an exception.




Then before that there was the Freak Show of Torture. on the son the a former President, decorated General of our war of Independence and whose mother is three times PM and one of the two major political leaders of the country.  That torture was totally endorsed by our leading Dailies who tried their best to undermine the fractured back caused by the torture as ailment of pinched nerve.


Almost every body ( if not absolutely everybody) remained silent on this torture accusation as the victim of this torture was a bad guy. Many folks applauded this torture. He is a corrupt man accused of massive corruption and very ruthless bad governance.  So as he committed very grave crimes no one should speak out against torture on him. If anyone does, she/he is also a corrupt criminal. We are against torture. But this guy is an exception.



Recently a newspaper editor dared to become outspoken against the atrocities of the government and published some corruption allegation. Hell broke loose on him. His crime— he dared speak against the government and tried to desecrate the halo around our Prime Minister and the crown prince, her son.


Almost every body ( if not absolutely everybody) remained silent on this torture accusation as the victim of this torture was a bad guy. Many folks applauded this torture. He is a bad man accused of inflicting bad things on our beloved prime minister and her son.  So as he committed very grave crimes no one should speak out against torture on him. If anyone does, she/he is also a very bad guy. We are against torture. But this guy is an exception.





Very recently the President of the Garments Workers Unity Forum Moshrefa Mishu was arrested and tortured in police remand in all possible way sort of physical beating. As a result, on her way to a second remand, he fell severely ill, and had to be hospitalized immediately.


Almost every body ( with rare exception of two people) remained silent on this torture accusation as the victim of this torture was a bad person. She was conspiring to ruin our Garments industry which is the backbone of our economy.  So as she committed very grave crimes no one should speak out against torture on her. If anyone does, she/he is also part of the conspiracy to destroy our economy. We are against torture. But this person is an exception.

There is plenty of schadenfreude going around with the l’affaire Yunus.  For most, it’s the crab mentality that Rumi  joked about.  For me, it was the prospect of seeing the susheel types of Prothom Alo / Daily Star (and their next generation epitomised by the folks at Unheard Voice) having to choose between the ‘champion of democracy’ and the good professor.  When Hasina calls Khaleda names, no one cares.  When Hasina calls Yunus names, these folks become uncomfortable.  I mean, think about the embarrassment of having to tell the champion of democracy to tone things down a bit.

Take the recent Daily Star article by Prof Rehman Sobhan, reposted here.  Professor sahib writes over 2,000 words, lot’s of dhanai panai  nuanced analysis, with some light words strong admonishment:

The no less pertinent issue which has emerged from this incident is the extraordinary reaction in some sections of the media and society. Rather than first seeking clarification and response from Grameen Bank as to the validity of the TV programme, some sections of the media and society pounced on it with unseemly enthusiasm, using it as an opportunity to cite wrongdoing in a widely respected organisation.

Say what?  Some sections of the media and society?  Who are these sections of the media and society?  Is the Professor too embarrassed to tell us that the section of the media that ‘pounced with unseemly unthusiasm’ is owned by Salman F Rahman?  Is he unaware of this man’s connections with the Awami League?  Does he not know how this man has benefitted from the government of din bodol

Maybe Prof Sobhan doesn’t know about those.  But surely he knows that his dear Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina too pounced with unseemly enthusiasm, unless he thinks calling the country’s only Nobel winner a leech is fit for a Prime Minister.

So, was Prof Sobhan embarrassed?  Or was he afraid of crossing the Prime Minister?  And if Prof Sobhan was afraid, then I won’t embarrass the UV bloggers for being gutless in their criticism of the current power dispensation.  After all, jaan bachano faraz.

Embarrassed or afraid, I do feel like gloating at the plight of the susheels, senior and junior.  Karma is a bitch.

According to our Prime Minister, women who are harassed sexually bring it on themselves.

One section of women wears too small clothes while another section covers their whole body, even their face and eyes… both are unacceptable. We’ve to maintain our culture and tradition.

That’s a direct quote.

She also said that the so-called ultra-modern women ... don’t bother to keep their modesty.

She said this while giving the Begum Rokeya Medal.

Did you hear any of our great secular intellectuals protesting this?  Of course you didn’t. You see, all the great intellectuals are busy worshiping the Prime Minister.

You don’t believe me?  Maybe you will believe Syed Abul Maqsud:

প্রধানমন্ত্রী বারবার সবাইকে বসে বসেই পরামর্শ দেওয়ার জন্য বলছিলেন। সরকারের বহু নির্দেশ যেমন পালন করার প্রয়োজন মনে করেন না অনেকেই, সেদিন অবশ্য সৌজন্যতাবশত সরকারপ্রধানের ওই নির্দেশ না মানাই সমীচীন মনে করেন কমিটির সদস্যরা। সৈয়দ শামসুল হকের প্রস্তাব ছিল একটু ব্যতিক্রমী। তিনি উঠে দাঁড়িয়ে প্রস্তাব করেন, প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনার জন্মদিনটি ‘গণতন্ত্র চেতনা দিবস’ হিসেবে পালন করার ব্যবস্থা করা হোক। পিনপতন নীরবতার মধ্যে প্রধানমন্ত্রীই তৎক্ষণাৎ বললেন, ‘না-না-না, কোনো দরকার নাই।’ তারপর সৈয়দ হক প্রস্তাব করেন, ‘বঙ্গবন্ধু ও রবীন্দ্রনাথ’ শীর্ষক অনুষ্ঠানও যেন কর্মসূচিতে অন্তর্ভুক্ত করা হয়।

When Syed Shamsul Haque loses all dignity and self-respect, is it any surprise that the average Awami League MP will be this idiotic?

Sheikh Hasina’s government accorded the historic CHT peace treaty. Many other countries followed it to establish peace in their states. We are now waiting for the Nobel Peace Prize for Sheikh Hasina.

With friends like this, Hasina doesn’t need any enemy. 

1. Issue a clear, categorical statement that BNP has no objection to transit — to any country — if it is demonstrably in the national interest.  Conversely, the statement should also say that BNP will oppose any transit — to any country — if national interest cannot be demonstrated.

2. To demonstrate national interest, an all-party parliamentary committee must be formed.  AL can pack the committee with its members — the number doesn’t matter — as long as there is at least one BNP MP in the committee, and crucially, the parliamentary committee is assisted by a technical expert committee whose composition is unanimously agreed by the parliamentary committee. 

3. The parliamentary committee, with the assistance of the technical committee, should produce a report by a certain date demonstrating the national interest.  The report should be made public.  The report should be debated in and out of parliament.

4.  BNP should issue an ultimatum about creating the committees.  If no committee is formed before, say, Jan 2011, BNP should call a hartal on the issue. 

5. If the government continues with its transit policy without demonstrating the national benefit, then BNP should make another categorical statement that should be re-elected to power, it will postpone all transit facilities until national interest is demonstrated as par 1-3 above.

Heavyset discussions regarding some documentary against Grameen Bank galore in our media and blog scene lately. National and international media, quoting a documentary, reported that Grameen founder prof Yunus embezzled a big sum o money from NORAD, a Norweigian development organization. Capturing that report, our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina developed a diarrhea of verbal abuses aimed at prof Yunus, even the org, NORAD, whose money has been reportedly embezzled, is saying that nothing wrong was done by Grameen.

So this blog cannot keep mum on this very important issue and taking cue from all high profile media and blogs, wants to present an in depth analysis old, over-used joke.

At the gate of the hell, one observer noticed that there is a hell guard at the hell holes for every nationals. There are few guards in the hole for American hellers, some guard for the hell of the British people, similarly a lot of guards for the hell of the Indian folks. But there was no guard near the hole for the Bangladeshis. When the hell’s guard in chief was asked about it, he told, ” we do not need to put a guard at the Bangladeshi hole. If one Bangladeshi tries to get out of the hell, the other Bangladeshis jointly pull her/ him down.”

I know you could not laugh at this old over-used joke. But that is all this blog has to say about the recent Grameen issue.

Chief Justice Khairul Haque’s rather sparse biography on the Supreme Court website tells us:

Obtained Bachelor of Laws from University of Dhaka and Barrister at-Law from Hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Enrolled as an Advocate of the District Court, the High Court Division and the Appellate Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court in the year 1970, 1976 and 1982 respectively.

Elevated as Additional Judge of the High Court Division on April, 1998 and appointed Judge of the same Division on April 2000.

Attended the International Law Conference held at Khathmandu, Nepal in the year 1994.

Khairul Haque is one of the most talked-about individuals in Bangladesh today. The frequency with which he appears in newspaper headlines is rather unusual for a senior judicial figure. He has decided a long list of important, controversial cases. Among other things, he has held that Ziaur Rahman was a usurper and tried to impose a theocracy on Bangladesh.

Khairul Haque’s written verdicts are marked by strong opinions and strident rhetoric. One reads them and feels that there is only of two options. The first possibility: one is in the presence of a true believer, someone who passionately believes in the combative prose set out in these opinions.

Or, the other option: that all these verdicts would have come out a different way if a different political party instead of BNP had been targeted.

How does one resolve the answer to this question? Some of his recent remarks provide a clue.

First, he told a gathering of judges:

বিচারকদের আল্লাহ ও মানুষের কাছে দায়বদ্ধ থাকতে হয়। “Judges have to be responsible to human beings and to Allah.

Then, a couple of days later, he told another gathering:

আল্লাহর দৃষ্টিশক্তির বাইরে যাওয়ার কোনো সুযোগ নেই। ন্যায়বিচার করলে সুসংবাদের কথা ইসলামে ও হাদিসে রয়েছে। ন্যায়বিচার করলে সাতটি আকবরি হজের সওয়াব পাওয়া যাবে। “There is no possibility of evading Allah’s gaze. Islam and the Hadith both mention the rewards for being good judges. Rendering a just verdict is the equivalent of performing seven Akbari Hajj.”

As human beings, we are all entitled to our individual belief systems. However, it is extremely difficult to stomach a sitting chief justice to tell his colleagues of the divine rewards that await them if they hand down impartial justice. What about the individuals of other religious faiths, or atheists/agnostics who are our judges? Do they also get Akbari Hajj?

Passing verdict on Ziaur Rahman’s insertion of Bismillah in the preamble and “complete faith in Allah” in the Constitution itself, Khairul Haque said that such additions were in contradiction to secularism, which was one of the fundamental pillars of the republic. Indeed, he said that this was a betrayal of our Liberation War itself. So, how secular was Khairul Haque feeling when he was exhorting his fellow judges about divine rewards and holy pilgrimage?

For making these changes, Khairul Haque accused Zia of turning Bangladesh into a theocracy. Now, I’ve never lived in a theocracy, so I don’t know what that’s like. However, I imagine it would involve the head of our judiciary exhorting his colleagues to administer justice for the sake of entry to heaven and warning them against comitting misconduct since none could escape Allah’s gaze.

Then, Khairul Haque told a meeting of women judges:

মহিলা জজদের উদ্দেশে প্রধান বিচারপতি খায়রুল হক বলেন, কখনও আবেগতাড়িত হওয়া যাবে না। আবেগে নয়, নিরপেক্ষ বিশ্লেষণ করে বিচার করতে হবে। “Khairul Haque told the female judges: ‘You must never become overtly emotional.’ The verdict must be based on independent analysis, not emotions.”

This one is just plain bizarre. Does Khairul Haque think that our female judges swoon and flutter and decide cases based upon their feelings, or whichever party is more good-looking, instead of the law? Does he, for example, think that Nazmun Ara Sultana, soon to-be the first female member of the Appellate Division, and potentially the first female Chief Justice of Bangladesh, composes her opinions based on feelings and emotions?

And then,

আইনজীবী নয়, বিচারপ্রার্থীর দিকে তাকাবেন “Concentrate on the plaintiff/defedant, not the lawyer involved.”

Where to start with this one? So judges should decide cases based on the identity of the plaintiff/defendant as opposed to the arguments put forth by the lawyers? Then why bother having lawyers in the first place? Perhaps we could just dispense with them and decide the cases based on our “feelings.”

This, coming from the same person, who dismissed Khaleda Zia’s appeal last week based on the conduct of her counsel, T. H. Khan. Take a moment and read this gem of an opinion. In it, Khairul Haque dismisses the case without going into the merits of the matter, and his opinion solely consists of Khaleda Zia’s lawyers: who they were, what they did, and why their prayer for adjournment, even an hour’s adjournment, was rejected. It’s a remarkable opinion.

Khairul Haque’s biography on the Supreme Court website tells us a lot of things. But it does not tell us whether he is serious about the values he talks about, or whether he is a hypocrite using them to advance his own agenda.

But now, I think we can figure it out ourselves.


আজ শুনানির শুরুতে এটর্নি জেনারেল মাহবুবে আলম বলেন, এ মামলায় ঘটনা বিকৃত করা হয়েছে, ষড়যন্ত্র হয়েছে কিন্তু বিচার হয়নি। তিনি পুনর্বিচার চান। এ পর্যায়ে আদালত বলেন, পুনর্বিচারের জন্য পাঠানো হলে এর আগে দেয়া দুটি রায় বাতিল হয়ে যাবে। আসামিদের সাজাও বাতিল হয়ে যাবে। কী পদক্ষেপ নেবেন তা আদালতের কাছে স্পষ্ট করেন।আদালত বলেন, এর নথিপত্র থাকলে আমাদের তা দেখান। এটর্নি জেনারেলের সঙ্গে কথা বলে এ বিষয়ে সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়ে আদালতকে জানান। আদালত মন্তব্য করেন, সন্তুষ্ট না হয়ে আমরা একটা অর্ডিনারি অর্ডার দিতে পারি না। আনিসুল হক বলেন, এ বিষয়ে ব্যক্তি বিশেষ নয়, পুরো জাতি অবহিত আছে। আদালত মন্তব্য করেন, কথা বললে হবে না তা আমাদের দেখান। আদালত এ বিষয়ে যৌথ উদ্যোগ প্রয়োজন বলে মন্তব্য করেন।(Source: Sheershanews).

What a wonderful example of not concentrating on the lawyers.