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Warrant against Khaleda for undermining map and flag


Dhaka – A Dhaka court yesterday decided that an warrant of arrest will be issued against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia if she fails to appear before it on October 5 in a case filed over her undermining the map and the national flag of Bangladesh.Magistrate Nur Nabi of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order on Sunday after AB Siddique, President of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, submitted a petition seeking warrant of Khaleda Zia for her failure to comply with the court’s order.
Earlier on March 22, the same court issued summons against Khaleda Zia asking her to appear before it on September 12. But the BNP leader didn't appear to the court.
AB Siddique on November 3 last year lodged the case with the court accusing Khaleda Zia and her slain husband former President Ziaur Rahman of undermining the map and the national flag of the country. After hearing, the court directed the Officer-in- Charge of Tejgaon Police Station to investigate the matter.
Later, OC (Investigation) Moshiur Rahman of the police station found the allegations true. However, he dropped late Zia's name from the case as he was not living. Moshiur submitted the probe report to the court on February 25.
Taking to newsmen on September 15, Sanaullah Mia, one of the lawyers of Khaleda Zia, said they could not represent the former Prime Minister, who is now in London, in the court as they are yet to have a Vaklatnama from the BNP Chairperson. A Vakalatnama is a document through which a lawyer is appointed to represent a client in a court.
As alleged in the complaint, Ziaur Rahman had taken over as the country’s President after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. He also allegedly threatened Sheikh Hasina and confined her after she had arrived in the country from abroad on May 17, 1981.
Khaleda Zia formed a coalition government with Jamaat-e- Islami leaders in 2001. She appointed ministers from the party and handed over the map and the national flag of independent Bangladesh to them even though they fought against the country during the Liberation War, the complaint adds. The move was tantamount to undermining Bangladesh's map and the national flag, the complainant alleged. – Special Correspondent


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