Khaleda's legal notice against trial at old central jail

Khaleda’s legal notice against trial at old central jail

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Dhaka, Sept 5 – BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday sent a legal notice to the government, to cancel the gazette notification that said the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against her will be held at the old central jail of Dhaka. Barrister Muhammad Nawshad Zamir served the legal notice on behalf of Khaleda Zia saying that appropriate legal action will be taken if the law ministry does not cancel and rescind the gazette notification by September 8.
The lawyer said in the legal notice that “the special order declaring a room in Administrative Building of old Dhaka central jail as a court for holding trial of one particular case has been issued by the government with a malafide, colourful exercise, and palpable abuse of power under Section 9(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)”.
The legal notice says that Section 9(2) of CrPC empowers the government to direct at what ‘place’ or ‘places’ a court of sessions shall hold it sitting.
“Place” has been defined in Section 4(1)(q) of the CrPC as “including a house, building, tent, or vessel; but does not contemplate a prison,” Barrister Nawshad said in the legal notice. He added: “Thus, the special order declaring a particular room in the old Dhaka central jail is absolutely illegal and without lawful authority as being totally unwarranted by law.
The lawyer also said in the legal notice that the special order is void as being passed illegally and without lawful authority, infringing Article 35(3) of the constitution of the country that guarantees every person accused of a criminal offence the inalienable fundamental right “to a speedy and public trial”.
The Law Ministry issued the gazette notification on September 4 saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would now be held at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road. The decision was made taking Khaleda’s security into consideration, it said. – Special Correspondent

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