HC hearing on Khaleda's two bail petitions now on Wednesday

HC hearing on Khaleda’s two bail petitions now on Wednesday

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Dhaka, May 22 – The High Court Tuesday adjourned the hearing till Wednesday at 2.00pm on the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in two cases.The HC bench comprising Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice JBM Hassan yesterday started the hearing at 2.25pm and continued till 3.15pm.
After taking part in the hearing, Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, counsel for the BNP chief, told the court that the name of Khaleda Zia was not included in the First Information Report (FIR). But, her name was included in the charge sheet with an ill motive to harass her politically, he added.
Later, the HC bench adjourned the hearing till today at 2.00pm.
One of the cases was filed in Cumilla on charge of vandalising vehicles in 2015. Eight people were killed and at least 20 injured when assailants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus in Jogmohanpur area of Chouddagram under Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s protests on February 3, 2015.
The government has shown Khaleda arrested in the case after the court issued arrest warrant against her following charge sheet submitted by the police in the case.
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 before the HC challenging the lower court decision.
The other case was filed by Raihan Faruki Imam with a Narail court on September 24, 2015, for making a statement about 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.
A local court later issued an arrest warrant and later Khaleda was shown arrested in the case.
Meanwhile, the BNP chief filed separate petitions before the another bench of the High Court seeking bail in two more cases in which the trial courts on May 17 kept her bail petitions in files for record.
The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shohidul Karim is likely to hold the hearing in next week.
Among the two cases, on August 30, 2016, Gazi Zahirul Islam, former joint general secretary of AL-backed Dhaka Union of Journalists filed a case against Khaleda Zia in the court of Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate alleging that she had doctored her date of birth.
On November 3, 2016, AB Siddique president of pro AL Jananetri Parishad filed the other case regarding dishonouring the national flag against Khaleda Zia with the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate’s court.
On November 17, 2016, a metropolitan magistrate’s court issued a warrant for against Khaleda Zia and asked the Tejgaon police to arrest her on charge of dishonouring the national flag by appointing Jamaat leaders as ministers.
On November 17, 2017, another magistrate’s court issued a warrant for arrest against the BNP chief and asked the Gulshan police to arrest her on charge of doctoring her date of birth.
On the last Thursday, two magistrate courts in Dhaka asked the Gulshan and Tejgaon police to execute above mentioned warrants for arrest against Khaleda by July 5.
The courts had passed the orders after keeping her bail petitions with prayer to show her arrested in the cases, in files for record.
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. The BNP chairperson is now facing a total of 36 cases.- Staff Reporter

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