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No constitutional crisis after verdict against 16th amendment: Anisul

DHAKA, Aug 13, 2017 (BSS) - Law Minister Anisul Huq today said the country faces no constitutional crisis because of the Supreme Court verdict that upheld a High Court judgment scraping the 16th constitutional amendment.

"We may file a review petition and will plead to expunge the irrelevant comments made in the apex court judgment," he said at the 'Meet the Reporters' program of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) at its auditorium in the city.

DRU president Shakhawat Hossain Badsha presided over the function while general secretary Mursalin Nomani conducted it. Law secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque was present on the occasion, among others.

The minister said he thinks history was distorted in the observations of the apex court, saying "We have to scrutinize whether these comments tantamount to misconduct or anything else."

While answering a question on last night's (Saturday) meeting between Awami League general secretary and Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, the law minister said discussions can take place to solve any problem.

"I don't know about the matter of their discussion. But problems can be resolved through discussions for the sake of the country and its people," Anisul added.

Replying a question on the much-talked-about section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, the minister said initiative has already been taken to stop its application against journalists by keeping the section intact to deal with the cyber crimes.