HC sets Monday for order on 3 bail petitions of Khaleda

HC sets Monday for order on 3 bail petitions of Khaleda

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Dhaka, May 27 – The High Court will deliver its order today on three separate petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in three cases. The HC bench comprising Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice JBM Hassan fixed the date on Sunday after concluding the hearing on the petitions from both sides.
During yesterday’s hearing, Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, one of the counsels for Khaleda, told the court that the BNP chief has been suffering from various illnesses.
The HC has earlier granted her bail on health ground in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case even the lower court convicted her five-year imprisonment in the case. Later, the Appellate Division has also upheld HC order granting her bail in the case. Now, my humble submission before the court that the HC should grant her bail considering her old age and health condition in accordance with the 497 of the Criminal Procedure of Code (CrPC), Hossain noted.
Opposing his submission, AG Mahbubey Alam told the court that the BNP chief could not move before the High Court for bail at this stage as the lower court is scheduled to hear her bail pleas on June 7. So, the bail petitions are not maintainable at this stage.
Referring some decisions regarding the matter, the chief law officer of the state told the court that the High Court should return her bail prayers before the lower court concerned as the bail pleas were not filed with due process of law.
The BNP chief filed the three petitions on May 20 seeking bail in the three cases, in which she was being shown arrested in the meantime.
Among the three cases, two were filed in Comilla on charges of vandalizing 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 Comilla 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 the arrest warrant against her following charge sheet submitted by the police in the cases.
Khaleda’s lawyers moved the Comilla 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 saying 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 Comilla, 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. – Staff Reporter

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