Country is on right track to ease case backlog: Anisul

Published : 14 Jan 2024 10:52 PM

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said the country is on the right track to ease backlog of cases as government in last 10-15 years had to think about this.

“Both the divisions of the ministry have done a lot to establish rule of law and that left a positive impact too. During the Covid-19 pandemic period, we had expedited justice by establishing virtual courts following the direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We took step to resolve problems in the jails. Many pending cases were disposed of,” he said while talking to newsmen on the first day of his office in the new tenure as law minister.

Anisul Huq has been appointed as the law minister for third consecutive term. He made the history as he became the only person to hold the post for three consecutive terms in the cabinet.

Earlier Anisul Huq exchanged greetings with secretaries, senior officials and employees of both the divisions of the ministry, National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh, leaders of different political parties, socio-cultural organizations, and distinguished personalities.

The law minister reiterated his commitment to build ‘Golden Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The government is still working to bring back some fugitive killers of Bangabandhu and most of his family members. I would work to bring a positive result to this end,” he said.

While replying a question on violence during recently held national polls, Anisul Huq said there were little or no violence during the polls, adding “Little skirmishes took place like many other countries. No such thing took place, which can be deemed as violence.”

The law minister further said no leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat had to go to jail for political reasons. There were specific allegations against them and they have cases pending against them, he added.

Anisul Huq was enrolled as a lawyer in the Dhaka District Bar in 1985 and in the High Court in 1987. In 2001, he was registered as a lawyer in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and in 2010, he became a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court.

After his father's death, Anisul Huq was appointed as the chief special prosecutor in the Bangabandhu assassination case and jail killing case. He was the special prosecutor for the Bangabandhu assassination case till the end.

Anisul Huq was also the chief counsel and special prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Commission. He was the lead prosecutor in the 2009 BDR insurgency-related Pilkhana murder case. This case was also closed successfully under his leadership.

After finishing O-Level from Dhaka's St. Joseph Higher Secondary School under Cambridge University, Anisul Huq completed Advanced Level (A-Level) through the British Council.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English Literature from Dhaka University and completed his Master's in English Literature from the same university and secured a place in the merit list.

He also obtained an LLB degree from Dhaka University with first rank in merit list and LLM degree from King's College, University of London.