Unending puzzle in and out of jail
Khaleda Zia is serving a five-year sentence given by a special court the other day following conviction for alleged corruption. She, along with her son Tarique Rahman and several others have been accused of "usurping" or squandering taka over two crores donated from abroad for Bangladeshi orphans. But there is no proof the money to have been spent for the proposed purpose or whether it has been gobbled up.
Besides this, there are other confusions regarding whether Khaleda as ex-PM and a top politician deserves "division" facilities in the jail, whether she has been granted the same, whether a court order to grant Khaleda division should or must be obeyed or whether she at all deserves any special consideration after being charged and convicted for what many explains as a criminal offence. People watching the "drama" being played inside the Dhaka's old (abandoned) jail is simply confused and puzzled like as the attorneys standing for Khaleda and the government reportedly are.
Meanwhile, one newspaper reporter on Sunday said the orphans' money has not been wasted or eaten up by the former PM and her son, instead it has been kept in a 'safe' vault. He, however, did not say where the vault is resting now!
Under the above circumstances, can't people now ask why things (we should rather say both important and silly things) regarding legal matters could be fixed in the court and implemented henceforth?
Khaleda getting or not getting division, taking along her personal maid inside the jail or not, whether it is permissible or not under the jail code and several other nitty-gritty issues involved in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case could probably be settled beforehand but unfortunately left for public debate. And, we are not trying to portray her as an angel or one who never indulged in wrong doings. While in power Khaleda held the steering as her son and his friends and business partners drove the country on the highway to exemplary corruption and also towards political doomsday! Now they are paying back -- the mother in jail and son in exile in London for almost nine years.
However, we should not forget that Bangladesh has tens of thousands of corrupt people everywhere in the country and just pointing fingers at two BNP tops would be too unfair. Corruption in any form is a national vice and it should be combated by using whatever methods are needed to get the job done. We should so do it regardless of who is being targeted or hit.