A Supreme Court lawyer today sent a legal notice to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia asking her to apologise before the nation for making a controversial statement about the number of martyrs during the Liberation War in 1971.
Momtajuddin Ahmed Mehedi, former secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), in the notice requested the BNP chief Khaleda to withdraw her statement within seven days.
Khaleda, in her first public address in more than a year on Monday, said, “There are controversies over exactly how many freedom fighters were killed in the Liberation War. There are also many books and documents on the controversies.”
He said in the notice that a case will be filed against Khaleda under the criminal and civil law if she does not apologise and withdraw her statement.
In the legal notice Momtajuddin said that he is shocked at the “arrogant” statement of Khaleda.
Her comment about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the number of martyrs has violated ideology and spirit of the Liberation War which is similar to sedition.
Khaleda’s comment came hot on the heels of Pakistan’s denial last month of committing any war crimes or atrocities in Bangladesh during the nine-month bloody war.