Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain Friday suggested formation of an independent national commission comprising retired chief justices and experts to make a comprehensive, credible and transparent inquiry into the case of JMB kingpin Shaekh Abdur Rahman "Since it involves the question of national security, it is essential to dig out all information and evidences about the sources of fund, inspiration and linkages within the state apparatus," Kamal said.
At least three retired chief justices could sit and take views of the government and the opposition parties and concerned experts to set up a five or seven-member independent and neutral commission, he added.
Such a commission, he said, must have a high public standing and confidence to inquire into the matter and present a detailed report before the nation with recommendations. If necessary, the commission could take assistance and cooperation from external experts and institutions.
He said when the question of national security is involved following the synchronised bombings by militant outfits, it should not be seen trivially or from petty partisan views. There are many instances in other countries where such independent commissions were constituted to get into the root of any serious national issue.
Kamal said it would not be wise to make a hurried investigation into the case of Shaekh Rahman and punish him after trial by a speedy tribunal. It must be found how this man could build up such militant network in the last seven years, what was his motive and who were with them, he said.
Another jurist Dr Zahir told the ATN Bangla television that Interpol, Scotland Yard and FBI could be invited to investigate JMB supremo Shaikh Rahman's case if the government wants to prove its sincerity that it really wanted to root out extremism.