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How could you know, Suranjit?

War tribunal asks him to explain his time forecast on verdicts

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday asked Suranjit Sengupta, a minister without portfolio, to explain his “imaginary comment” on the date of verdicts in the cases pending with the tribunal.

The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Judge M Shahinur Islam asked the ruling Awami League leader to submit his explanation through his awyer by January 2.

The tribunal, on its own motion, issued the show cause notice following a report of Bangla daily Amar Desh, published on December 23, quoting Suranjit's speech at a rally of Awami League-led 14-party alliance a day earlier.

The newspaper quoted Suranjit as saying, “The next year is 2013. Verdict of 14 identified war criminals has already been finalised. Trial of these 14 war criminals would be completed anytime within 2013. Their verdict of execution will also be implemented. None would be able to resist it.”

In its order, the tribunal said Suranjit's comment in prima facie appears “to be extremely derogatory to the independence of the tribunal, causing substantial obstruction to the administration of justice.”

“Thus we [tribunal] need to have an explanation from Suranjit Sengupta as to how and on what basis he has foretold such imaginary comment in public on a sub-judice matter,” said Justice Hassan.

The tribunal on November 13 asked the high-ups in the government to exercise restraint and be careful in making comments on a sub-judice matter.

It also disposed of two separate contempt of court petitions against Awami League leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Matia Chowdhury on the day.

On December 4, the tribunal also issued a show-cause notice upon the editor and a reporter of the Bangladesh Pratidin for publishing report setting an “imaginary timeline” of passing verdict in the case of Quader Mollah.

The matter, however, was disposed of as the respondents offered unconditional apology before the court.

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Suranjit talks without thinking --he is a laughingstock but a true politician because he is shameless.

: rch

He has to be out of his senses and I think these days he lost the count of days after his spectacular debacle into the Railway Corruption Scheme. It seems to be that he is under compulsion which makes him survive from to time above the ground as a terrestrial beacon capturing secrets.

: OpeeMonir

Comments

  • Reaz Hassan
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:29 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    It is time that he retires from politics. He is compounding the confusion and is damaging political image of not only the party that he belongs to but also that of Bangladesh.

  • drkarim
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 11:53 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    1. Good point from ICT.

    2. But I raise another point that 195 designated war criminals are still in Pakistan and the nation need them bring to Dhaka. Can I ask democratic USA to do something; can I ask India to do their job? Because you may forget these war criminals has been released in 1974 when SIMLA PACT happened between Indira and Bhutto. So, India is directly involved and has a moral duty.

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:29 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    These comments and forecasts are uncalled for and do not fit with maturity and experience of Suranjit. Let the ICT perform its solemn duty.

  • Roni Rahman
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:35 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    Why are we all even pretending to be surprised of the sorry fact that the politicians are involved in judicial matters, be it in this highly important case or any other for that matter? Time and time again, we have seen how this ICT has been driven by the political leaders for political purpose which has just been proven to be self evident form the chief judge's revealed Skype conversation. Politicisation and prejudicing of this case does grave injuries to not only to the victims of war crimes but also to the nation as a whole. AL bears full responsibility for the miscarriage of this significant justice by failing to ensure independent, impartial and unbiased trial.

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 01:17 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    He is not alone, pretty much all of them are making such comments. The only difference between him and the others are his mouth which is a bit dirtier then the others after achieving the title Black Cat.

  • Truth Teller
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 01:42 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    Wow! The Black Cat knows the date of the verdict and the verdict itself (guilty and death by hanging). That tells me the verdict has been engineered at the Awami League high command. If anyone now raises questions about neutrality of the ICT, I cannot blame that person. All AL people, like the Black Cat, neither have any respect for the laws of the land nor do they follow the rule of the law. They all, including their leader, consider themselves above the law. A nation simply cannot survive this way.

  • neutral
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 02:48 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    The daily Amar Desh seems to be deeply involved in following the stories on the trail of war criminals. They have brought down the chairman of a tribunal. Now the minister without portfolio is under their watch. Reading through the printed remark in this news, it is very difficult to find any clue when and how the trail would be completed in 2013 and be executed. The tribunal is becoming over sensitive to public comment especially from the politicians. It is their domain to follow the rules of business of the trail of the war criminals. But if one considers the public sentiment, they want to finish the trail as soon as possible.

    Public has never heard from the daily Amar Desh what do they think about the trail, its legal standing and purpose including the history of the War Of Liberation and killing of innocent millions during the war and the role of the Razakar, Al-Badr in supporting the killing process as reported in the media daily during the War of Liberation. The question is simple and not asking for any explanation but a simple query for clarification of purpose of this powerful media watchdog of the trail of war criminals.

  • Translucent
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 03:03 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    The Black Cat does not have any credibility left to talk about important matters.

  • Raqiullah
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 03:12 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    Judges have no damn business on what people of the country say. Judges are neither Allah nor Prophet Momammad (PBUH). They are a human beings, people have right to criticize them. As long as people do not threat violence against country, or people, they do have total right to speak whatever they desire. Judges are nobody to stop them. Do not misuse powers then you will be trashed.

  • Elihan, UK
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 03:20 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    We say every time and every occasion that BD is a poor country. If so how a most discredited politician is being maintained at state cost as a minister without portfolio. If he had some shame left in him he would thank the PM and quietly go on enjoying the illegal perks and privileges. How can he appear in public and make comments of interfering with the judiciary. It is a childish attempt to show that he is slowly overcomes all the guilty and be on the platform as a dedicated public figure. The tribunal deserves all the credit by suing him. BD can ill afford such squandering of public funds. We hope the Apex court will highlight this and stop such luxuries by the politicians.

  • Barkat
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 03:30 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    From the day one, it was very clear that the War Crimes Tribunal is more of politics and very less of justice. Unless and until Judiciary is not fully independent from both legislative and executive, true form of justice cannot be delivered. If a minister of ruling party is going to disclose the verdict and timing its beyond doubt that whole process is a political issue and not judicial at all.

  • sujon
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 05:23 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    ICT should know verdict is already made by Awami League and justices are their puppet dogs only.

  • Third Eye
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 07:48 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    Makes me wonder, who exactly is conducting the trial-- Awami League leaders or the Court?

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 09:29 AM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    He is a powerful minister my friend without any portfolio because he survived through a huge embarrassment in recent days and in politics that adds up to your qualifications. When a politicians goes to jail, that adds up as a feather on their shoulder. Such is the case if they able to manage any crisis by hook or crook, that’s how it is today. You do not need to be honest, just be loyal- the undiminished loyalty counts only. Abul is another such perfect example. This particular Minster (Sen) is a heavy weight because of his charming (but not so charming) executions on parliamentary affairs; often keeping us in total dark by twisting facts which are often confusing and common people find it difficult to consume due to jargon used in explaining them. Sometimes in our society, men become hero in our society by confusing others by creating shadows around them. The way this man conducted his affairs is not at all praiseworthy. Now this recent comments makes him losing all that left of him undeniably. It is irresponsible and he is not only harming the process, he is harming the country. I hope this is deliberate, not under direction from others presumably.

  • deep purple blue
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:31 PM GMT+06:00 (92 weeks ago)

    Black Cat Suranjit knows it all. He is in the middle of politicising the trail therefore he told what he knew very well. As it is the tribunal's credibility and functioning within the framework of law has been totally jeopardised. Sad that trial of such crucial cases has been subverted by the very governments, its irresponsible leaders and judges to the displeasure of millions who were oppressed during the Liberation War. AL and its ministers must take responsibility to demeaning the judiciary.


 

 


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