A court here on Sunday fixed July 18 for framing charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 BNP-Jamaat men in a case filed over an arson attack on a bus at Jatrabari in the city last year.
Metropolitan Session’s Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah set the date and transferred the case to Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Session’s Judge Court-1 for trial.Talking to reporters, Khaleda’s lawyer Joynal Abedin Mejbah said the court earlier fixed today (Sunday) for the BNP chief to appear before it. Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported.
He filed a time petition on behalf of Khaleda as she could not appear before the court, he said, adding that accepting the time petition, the court fixed the new date for framing charges.
On March 30, a Dhaka court issued warrants for the arrest of Khaleda Zia and 27 BNP-Jamaat men in the case after accepting the charge-sheet against 38 people submitted by sub-inspector Bashir Uddin of the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
Later, Khaleda Zia secured bail from a court in the case on April 6.On January 23 last year, at least 31 people suffered burn injuries after miscreants hurled two petrol bombs at a bus at Jatrabari intersection. One of the injured later died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Sub-inspector of Jatrabari Police Station KM Nuruzzaman filed two cases — one for killing and another for hurling petrol bombs — under the Special Powers Act on January 24, making Khaleda the mastermind of the attack.