The High Court Division on Tuesday began hearing former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petition seeking bail in a case relating to seven passengers’ deaths caused by torching a bus at Chouddagram, Comilla on February 3, 2015 during anti-government blockade of roads and highways.
The hearing by a bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice JBM Hassan resumes today at 1.45 PM.
The same bench is also scheduled to hear today Khaleda’s two other petitions seeking bail in separate cases.
The 1st case was filed with the Chouddagram police station on January 25, 2015 for arson attack on a covered van at Chouddagram, Comilla. Khaleda was implicated later while the police submitted the charge sheet.
On December24, 2015, the 2nd case was filed in the court of Narail chief judicial magistrate alleging that Khaleda Zia expressed doubts about 30 lakh people losing life in the Liberation War.
The same case accuses her of saying that the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to be prime minister of Pakistan and not independence of Bangladesh.
On Tuesday, her lawyers filed two petitions in the High Court Division seeking bail in two other cases, one relating to showing disrespect to the national flag and in the other one alleges that she had doctored her birth date, as the trial courts shelved her bail petitions in files for the sake of record.
The case of doctoring birthdate was filed by Gazi Zahirul Islam, former joint general secretary of AL-backed Dhaka Union of Journalists.
The case of showing disrespect to the National flag was filed by Jananetri Parishad president AB Siddique a blind follower of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Lawyers said that the government had implicated her in a series of cases to block her release on bail.
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