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6 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Khaleda’s bail rejected in two cases

STAFF REPORTER

Two separate courts in Dhaka yesterday (Thursday) rejected two bail petitions filed by BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, in two cases -- one for celebrating "fake" birthday and the other for undermining the country's map, national flag and the Liberation War. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate, Md Khurshid Alam, rejected the bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the case filed for celebrating "fake" birthday, while another Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate, Md Ahsan Habib, rejected the bail plea in the other case.

Earlier, the High Court ordered trial courts to dispose of Khaleda's appeals quickly, a decision later upheld by the Appellate Division.

On June 21, the two lower courts concluded hearing in line with the High Court order and fixed July 5 for passing orders on the bail petitions.

One of the cases was filed by former joint general secretary of the Dhaka Union of Journalists, Gazi Zahirul Islam, before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court, accusing Khaleda of provoking people by celebrating her "fake" birthday on August 15. The case was filed under sections 198 and 469 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

On November 3, 2016, AB Siddique, president of the Jananetri Parishad, a

pro-Awami League organisation, filed the other case before a court, accusing Khaleda of undermining the country’s map, the national flag and the Liberation War by appointing anti-Liberation men as ministers.

The chamber judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique, yesterday fixed July 9 for hearing a petition filed by Khaleda Zia, seeking review of its May 16 order that asked the High Court to hear and dispose of her appeal in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case by July 31.

The chamber judge also sent the petition to its full bench and fixed July 9 for hearing.

On May 16, the Appellate Division upheld an HC order that granted four months’ bail to Khaleda in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case, and also asked the HC bench, led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, to hear and dispose of her appeal by July 31.

In June, Khaleda submitted a petition before the SC, seeking review of its order that asked the HC bench to hear and dispose of her appeal by July 31.

The HC bench, led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, is scheduled to start hearing on July 8 the appeal filed by Khaleda on February 20, challenging the lower court verdict that sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8.

The HC bench yesterday fixed July 8 for hearing on a petition filed by the BNP chief, seeking extension of its order that granted her bail for four months.

On March 12, the HC bench granted her bail for four months in the case and the Appellate Division upheld the HC order. The BNP chief filed the petition as the bail periods will end on July 12.

Another bench of the High Court yesterday fixed July 8 for hearing on a petition, filed by the BNP chief seeking a stay order in a case filed on charges of killing eight people and injuring 25-26 others by setting fire to a bus at Chouddagram of Comilla in 2015.

The police filed the case under the Special Powers Act-1974 with Chouddagram police station on February 3, 2015, after the incident took place the previous day. The HC bench, comprising Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mojibur Rahman, fixed the date following a time prayer made by the Attorney General’s office seeking time for preparation.

On February 8, a special court here sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Since then she has been kept in the Old Dhaka Central Jail.

Although the BNP chief got bail in the corruption case, she could not walk out of prison as she was shown arrested in several other cases.

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