Khaleda tells of ‘evil agenda’ to disqualify her from polls

Khaleda tells of ‘evil agenda’ to disqualify her from polls

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Dhaka – BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday alleged that the ruling quarters have prepared a blue-print to remove her from the political arena and make her disqualified to contest polls out of evil political agenda.The BNP chief also alleged, “I often think that there is a magic wand in the hand of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, which touch had cancelled all the cases filed against her including graft, irregularities and extortion.”
“None except Sheikh Hasina have such magic wand. As a result, cases filed against all of us during the same periods revived one after another and they got dynamism,” in a written statement the BNP chief made the comments before the court while she was defending herself for the third day in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case at a makeshift court of Dhaka Special Judge 5 Akhtaruzzman at Bakhshibazar in Dhaka.
However, Judge Akhtaruzzman set November 9 for the next hearing after rejecting a prayer of permanent bail for the former prime minister.
The BNP chief also alleged that the ruling party men were giving statements as if they have known about my conviction in the cases, which are tantamount to contempt of court.
“Many cabinet members and ruling party leaders made me convicted in the cases which are tantamount to contempt of court. Some ministers are openly announcing that I would be convicted and would keep at Kashimpur jail,” Khaleda said.
She also alleged that some ministers are openly threatening of removing me from political arena after the lower court verdict.
“Following the ruling party men statements about a sub-judice matter, I have doubt about the transparency of the trial proceedings and a neutral verdict of the court,” the BNP chief said.
Many important cases have been pending before the court for years after years. But, the cases filed against me have been conducting through rocket style as if someone throwing from behind side to deliver the verdict quickly, the BNP chief alleged.
She raised a question saying that on what purpose the court is running the trial proceedings very quickly. If the court will run the trial proceeding rapidly, there is a doubt about the ensuring of justice in the cases, Khaleda added.
Khaleda said she does not consider herself above law and trial and does not expect any privilege or honour for her status and role.
“I don’t want any privilege or honour from the court for my status and role. But, I am happy, if I will get my right properly. I want justice from the court,” the former prime minister noted.
“I am not done today; I will speak more on the next day. Now I am tired and ill,” said Khaleda.
The BNP chief appeared before the court around 11:00 am and gave her written statements before the court expecting justice in the cases.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station, against four, including Khaleda, of raising funds for the trust from unknown sources through abuse of power.
ACC filed Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008, with Ramna Police Station, accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that was received as grants for orphans via a foreign bank. – Staff Reporter

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