Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
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Bar Council Polls
Rokan alleges government interference

The Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad (SASP) yesterday alleged of government interference in the process of the May 13 election to Bangladesh Bar Council and expressed its doubts about a free and fair polling.

SASP panel leader Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud at a press conference yesterday said at least four barristers-turned-ministers were abusing government machinery in favour of the government-backed panel.

To back the allegations, Rokan presented a letter faxed from the law ministry to all district and sessions judges advising them to submit a list of lawyers including government pleader (GP), assistant GP, public prosecutor (PP), assistant PP and special PP to Advocate Joinul Abedin, leader of BNP-backed lawyers' forum, who is contesting the polls.

"This is unprecedented. We have never seen use of the district judges to influence the lawyers' election," he said.

Rokan said he has informed the attorney general and ex-officio chairman of the Bar Council of the matter.

"We will also bring the matter to the notice of the chief justice who controls the district judges and request him to ask them to refrain from interfering in the election," he added.