Court summons Khaleda on Dec 1 for remarks on 1971 martyrs

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 13:28, Nov 08,2016 | Updated: 13:37, Nov 08,2016

Khaleda Zia

Khaleda Zia. — New Age file photo

A Dhaka court on Tuesday asked Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before it on December 1 in connection with a sedition case for her remarks about the number of martyrs during the 1971 Liberation War.

Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the order after hearing a time petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah.

Earlier on January 25, Supreme Court lawyer Momtaz Uddin Ahmed Mehedi filed the case against the BNP chief.

On December 21 last, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the number of Liberation War martyrs.

‘There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies,’ she said.

Khaleda’s remarks triggered widespread criticism.

On January 21, the home ministry approved filing of a sedition case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for her derogatory remarks about martyrs.

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