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22 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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HC to hear Khaleda bail pleas today

STAFF REPORTER

The High Court will hear today the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in three different cases. A High Court bench comprising Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice JBM Hassan yesterday fixed the date after Attorney General MahbubeyAlam sought time for taking preparation for placing arguments on the petitions. However, lawyers of the BNP chief were present before the HC bench for taking part in the hearing.

The BNP chief’s lawyers said that they sought Khaleda’s bail mainly on health grounds as she is an elderly woman and that her health condition was not good.

The BNP chief filed the three petitions on Sunday seeking bail in the three cases, in which she was being shown arrested in the meantime.

Among the three cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charges of vandalising vehicles in 2015. Eight people were killed and at least 20 injured when assailants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus in Jagmohanpur area of Chouddagram under Cumilla

district during the BNP-led alliance’s protests on February 3, 2015. Two cases – one under Explosive Substances Act and another for murder – were filed against Khaleda Zia in connection with the incident.

The government has shown Khaleda arrested in the two cases after the court issued arrest warrant against her following charge sheet submitted by the police in the cases.

Khaleda’s lawyers moved the Cumilla District and Sessions Judge’s court for her bail in the two cases on Apr 23. The court set June 7 as the date for hearing the bail pleas. Khaleda’s lawyers then requested the date be brought forward, but the proposal was rejected.

After that, the BNP chief filed bail plea with the HC challenging the lower court decision.

The third case was filed by one Raihan Faruki Imam with a Narail court on September 24, 2015, for Khaleda’s remarks on the number of freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Khaleda made the comments on December 21, 2015, at a meeting at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka where she said that Sheikh Mujib did not want independence of the country rather he wanted to be the prime minister of Pakistan.

Khaleda also said that there is a controversy over the number of freedom fighters. A local court later issued an arrest warrant and later Khaleda was shown arrested in the case.

Earlier on May 16, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail, as she was shown arrested in some other cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail, and Panchagarh including the three in which she has already sought bail. The BNP chairperson is currently facing a total of 36 cases.

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