Veteran lawyer TH Khan on Tuesday
advocated for trying the offences committed by the BDR rebels during and after
the February 25-26 mutiny by amending the BDR Act and the Constitution,
opposing their court-martialing.
While making his argument before an
11-member full court of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court as amicus
curiae over the President's reference, Khan said since the government has a
brute majority in parliament, it is very easy to amend the BDR Act as required
for trying the offenders involved in the BDR massacre.
Declining to recognize the mutiny-ridden
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) as a disciplined force like the armed forces, he
vehemently opposed the envisaged trial of the rebel border guards under the
Army Act 1952 or its section 5 through issuing a gazette notification.
TH Khan, a top leader of the pro-BNP
lawyers now in the opposition camp, told the apex court that the main objective
of sending the presidential reference by the government is to put on trial the
BDR mutineers under the Army Act-an option which is implied in the contextual