Bureaucrats are non-political politicians
Taimur Alam Khandaker, columnist and lawyer of appellate division : An exceptional and unelected government formed on January 5 in 2014 made the Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina controversial and tainted democracy. Despite knowing the fact, the Prime Minister is advancing towards a unilateral poll. The PM is the Chief Executive Officer of the state as per the constitution.
She took oath as the Prime Minister and therefore, she is duty bound to ensure public safety. It is unknown to me whether the people harassing the political opponents of the PM in many ways faced any trail?
If the Prime Minister and the ruling party chief is the same person then he or she should constitutionally maintain a dichotomy between the two roles. It will be illegal but not breach of oath if a ruling party chief resorts to intimidating the opponents for ascending to power. But will it not be a breach of oath if the Prime Minister causes trouble to the life and property of her opponents and critics?
Political leaders and activists surround the chief post of a political party while the prime ministerial post is bureaucracy-based. Bureaucrats particularly the current bureaucrats are very clever; the door is always open for them to change their colors.
Time will say whether the PM is using the bureaucrats or being used by them. There is a reason for which I have brought up the discussion here. The Home Minister asked the SP of Kushtia over phone to ensure security for Amar Desh acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman. However, the SP did not comply with the directive. Was the police waiting for the directives from the PM? Is there anything else?
On July 24, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain assured that he would look into matter. “Now let us see how much does the CJ take care of the matter.
Translated by Hossen Sohel