A Comilla court on Sunday showed the jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia arrested in the case of killing eight people in an arson attack on a bus in February 2015 while a government-formed medical board observed that she did not need treatment abroad right now.
Comilla additional chief judicial magistrate Mostain Billah also issued a warrant asking the jail authorities to produce Khaleda before the court on Tuesday, when the court would hear Khaleda’s petition filed on March 13 seeking bail in the case, said Comilla court inspector Subrata Banerjee.
New Age Correspondent in Comilla, quoting Khaleda’s lawyer Md Quimul Haque, reported that the court passed the order after the prosecution told it that Khaleda, now in the old Dhaka Central Jail, could not be produced before the court as she was sick.
On March 12, the court showed Khaleda arrested in the case and asked the jail authorities to produce her before it on March 28.
As she was not produced on the day, the court set April 8 for her production before it.
On February 3, 2015, miscreants threw petrol bombs at a bus at Jagmohanpur of Chauddagram in Comilla during the blockade of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance.
Eight passengers were burnt to death and at least 20 others were wounded.
Chauddgram police station sub-inspector Nuruzzaman filed the case.
On March 6, 2017, inspector Firoz Hossain submitted the charge sheet against 78 people, including Khaleda and six other to BNP leaders.
On February 8, 2018, the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-5 jailed Khaleda for five years i Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
In Dhaka, four-member medical team head Shamsuzzaman said, ‘Right now, she [Khaleda] does not require any treatment abroad as opined by the team.’
He, however, said that they were yet to receive the reports of Khaleda’s medical tests conducted at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Saturday.
‘We know the reports were submitted to the prison authorities. We will examine once the authorities forward it to us,’ said Shamsuzzaman.
An official at the prison directorate said the ‘sealed-medical report’ would be sent to the medical team today for further advice.
Khaleda had long been suffering from pain in the shoulder, left hand and leg which has recently deteriorated, the medical team chief said.
Earlier on Saturday, Khaleda was taken to radiology and imaging department of the university for various tests where several bones of her were x-rayed as per the medical board’s suggestion.
On March 31, the government formed the medical team with four professors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in response to a request from the jail.
Later, the four doctors suggested some medical examinations, including x-ray of her different bones and joints and blood tests.
On completion of her tests at the university on Saturday she was taken back to the jail.
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