Corrupts must be tried: PM

Published: 14 Feb 2018 | Updated: 14 Feb 2018

  

Online Desk

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina - file photo

Stating that the government didn't withdraw any case against her, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said those who will commit corruption and terrorism and get involved in militancy must be tried to ensure the country's peace and development.

"We want to bring a peaceful environment ... we want to develop the country and change the lot of the people. It will be possible, when we could control and remove corruption, militancy and nepotism," she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said this while addressing a mass reception accorded to her by Italy chapter of her party at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel and Spa in Rome last night. 

Regarding the corruption cases filed against her in the past, the premier mentioned that she had earlier called for conducting investigation into every case and submit its report.

"I had said that investigation will have to be conducted and report of every case must be submitted ... we want to see what the merit of the case was?" she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the investigation of every case was carried out and its report was submitted. "I didn't withdraw any case and I didn't allow it ... why will I do it. I knew that I didn't commit any graft," she said.

In this connection, she pointed out the allegation of the World Bank regarding the construction of the Padma Bridge, BSS reports. 

Sheikh Hasina said Hilary Clinton was the US Secretary of State at that time and Dr Muhhammad Yunus was desperate to put a bad name on her regarding the Padma Bridge project. "The US State Department threatened my son thrice in this regard," she said.

She said then it was proved in the Canadian court that no corruption took place in the Padma Bridge project. "I had said I didn't come to power to commit corruption ... I have come to power for changing the fate of the people not ours," she said.

Mentioning that the country's judiciary is fully independent, the prime minister said the corruption of Khaleda Zia was proved in the court. "When the court saw that the orphans' money was completely embezzled by the BNP leader then the court tried her and gave the verdict," she said.

"What is the justification for rebuking me and waging a movement against the government in this regard?" she said.

Local leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies spoke at the reception chaired by Italy Chapter Awami League President Hazi Mohammad Idris.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali were present on the dais, among others.

Read More

Quality, time-befitting education a must: PM

Quality, time-befitting education a must: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today put emphasis on quality and ...

Job seekers stage demo seeking govt job quota system reform

Job seekers stage demo seeking govt job quota system reform

Job seekers and students of different universities and colleges on ...

Messi, Ronaldo both net 2 in wins by Barca and Madrid

Messi, Ronaldo both net 2 in wins by Barca and Madrid

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice to lead ...

Kovind, Modi mourn Sridevi's death

Kovind, Modi mourn Sridevi's death

India's President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...

Sridevi, from child star to superstar

Sridevi, from child star to superstar

The sudden death of actress Sridevi has left the country ...

SC orders quick disposal of HC rule over DNCC by-polls

SC orders quick disposal of HC rule over DNCC by-polls

The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the High Court for ...

IOC votes to lift Russia ban if no further doping violations

IOC votes to lift Russia ban if no further doping violations

Russia's Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no ...

Bollywood mourns sudden demise of Sridevi

Bollywood mourns sudden demise of Sridevi

The news of the demise of Bollywood actress Sridevi has ...