Incident made to happen to cover up Suranjit scam: Barrister RafiqStaff Correspondent
Lawyer Rafiq-ul-Haque on Saturday said that the disappearance of the BNP leader M Elias Ali was made to happen to cover up Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta’s bribe scandal.
‘Was not the filing of two cases about incidents that had happened 10 years ago against Elias Ali enough indication that somebody is behind his disappearance?’ Rafiq-ul-Haque said as he was speaking at a meeting the Citizens of Dhaka North City Corporation organised at the National Press Club.
The BNP’s organising secretary Elias Ali and his driver Ansar went missing from Banani in the capital around midnight past Tuesday.
Former railways minister Suranjit Sengupta stepped down on April 16 only after four months and a half in office in the wake of a scandal surrounding the seizure of Tk 70 lakh on April 9 stashed in the microbus of his assistant personal secretary. Suranjit was, however, retained as a minister without portfolio on April 17.
Rafiq-ul-Haque on the sidelines of the programme told New Age, ‘Disappearance of Elias was dangerous for politics just a year and a half before the next general elections. A third force, but not the army, will take advantage of the incident.’
‘It was the government’s responsibility, after the High Court ruling, to find out Elias.’ he added.
A High Court bench on April 19 directed the government and the police to explain why they should not be directed to produce M Elias Ali before it.
The lawyer also questioned the process of Suranjit’s resignation from the cabinet.
‘According to the constitution, Suranjit’s resignation letter should be forwarded to the president by the prime minister but as far as we know the resignation letter was not forwarded to the president,’ he said.
At the programme, Rafiq-ul-Haque said that he was sceptical about whether the DCC elections would be hold. ‘Unless the ruling party is assured that its candidate would win the elections, it would not hold the elections.’
Former AL organising secretary Mahmudur Rahman Manna, also a mayoral aspirant for the Dhaka North City Corporation under the banner of Nagarik Samaj, who presided over the meeting, demanded that the government should find out Elias Ali immediately.
Manna said that although the elections were stayed for three months, he would continue with his work and form committees for 36 ward and 1,142 polling stations in the Dhaka north city area.
Lawyer Shahdeen Malik at the programme said that people, annoyed at the activities of the two main political parties, forged unity against them.
BRAC University professor Piyas Karim said that the two big political parties would not be able to bring Bangladeshis any well-being or freedom.
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Date:Sunday, 22nd April, 2012