The government is contemplating tough measures against those responsible for leaking the draft of International Crimes Tribunal’s verdict against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir has said.
A General Diary was filed in connection with the incidence, the Home Minister said in reply to query at an event in Chandpur’s Kochua Thana on Friday.
“It says some parts of the tribunal’s verdict were leaked before it was announced. It asked the police to investigate the matter and take the necessary steps.”
The General Diary was filed with the Shahbagh police a day after the verdict was announced on Tuesday. The allegations from the BNP MP’s family before and after the verdict triggered a widespread controversy.
Salauddin Chowdhury’s relatives claimed the war crime court’s verdict had been prepared by the law ministry.
Chowdhury, known for making flamboyant remarks, repeatedly interrupted the judge while he read the verdict, claiming he had already learnt of its contents.
Junior Minister for Law Qamrul Islam dismissed the allegations as dishonest attempts to cast doubts on the integrity of the tribunals and thwart trial of 1971 war criminals.
“The International Crimes Tribunal itself prepares the verdicts. There is no way parts of it can be leaked before being announced. But how the alleged draft verdict came to be leaked and reached the Internet is a matter of concern.”
A detective police told bdnews24.com the computer that was used for composing the verdict was already with them.
Those who had composed the draft have also been questioned.
Detectives believe the draft was somehow leaked from the computer.
The Home Minister told police personnel at an interactive programme, “Police has to work closely with the people and be their friend. I am a son of Kochua. You must not hesitate to discuss any problem with me. I will try my best to solve them.”
The police had benefited considerably under the Awami League-led government, said Alamgir. “Salaries and allowances have been increased. Always think of yourself as a concerned citizen while you do your work,” he advised the police.
Source: Bd news24