March 18, 2017 - 4:07pm
The former military dictator was exchanging views with reporters at his Rangpur residence on Friday.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad said he does not know any Supreme Court in the world that has a sculpture in front of them like the one installed on Bangladesh’s apex court premises.
When asked, Ershad, also prime minister’s special envoy, refused to make any comment on radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam’s demand to remove the sculpture.
Claiming that the sculpture has hurt the religious sentiment of the Muslims in the country, Ershad, however, said he does not support Qawmi madrasa-based Hefazat.
The former military dictator was exchanging views with reporters at his Rangpur residence on Friday, a day before the party’s Rangpur city unit’s council which he is supposed to attend.
Hefazat, which eyes Shariah law in the country, and several other radical Islamist groups including Awami Olama League and Islami Andolon Bangladesh have been campaigning against the sculpture of Lady Justice, portraying Greek goddess Themis, terming it anti-Islamic.
On a separate note, Ershad welcomed the apex court’s recent verdict upholding a High Court order that asked the government to return Tk615.55 crore confiscated from businesses and individuals by the last army-backed caretaker government.
“The money had been confiscated forcibly,” he observed, adding, the affected businessmen and individuals got justice through the verdict.
Ershad also said that his party was going to float an alliance of 25 parties, including six registered ones, this month.