Courts of two metropolitan magistrates in the capital on Thursday set July 5 for giving decisions on former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail applications in two cases of allegedly showing disrespect to the national flag and using fake birthday.
The court of metropolitan magistrate Khurshid Alam heard her application seeking bail in the fake birthday case while the court of
magistrate Ahsan Habib heard her application seeking bail in the national flag case.
Both the cases are bailable, said lawyers.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder told reporters that both the magistrates’ courts violated Appellate Division’s directives to dispose of her bail applications before June 25.
On June 11 Appellate Division’s vacation judge-in-chamber justice Hasan Foez Siddique, issued the directives to the two magistrates after setting June 25 as date for hearing two government petitions seeking permission to appeal against the High Court Division’s strictures against the two metropolitan magistrates for shelving her bail petitions in the files on the pretext of waiting for reports from the police whether they had executed the warrants to arrest her in the two cases.
In 2016 first warrant was issued to arrest her in birthday case and later in 2017 the second warrant was issued to arrest her in flag case.
On May 31, the HC in its strictures against the magistrates said they had abused the court process by unnecessarily delaying the disposal of her bail applications on the plea of waiting for police reports about execution of warrants that were issued against her in 2017.
The HC had also directed the magistrates to dispose of her bail petitions expeditiously.
On May 17 both the magistrates shelved her bail petitions and set July 5 for receiving reports from the police about execution of the warrants against Khaleda Zia.
On May 16 the Appellate Division upheld four months’ bail granted to her by the High Court Division in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.
But the jail authorities did not release Khaleda Zia as she was shown arrested in the two other cases, one for burning a bus at Chouddagram during the non-stop blockade of roads and highways in 2015 and the other alleges she had abetted burning a covered van during the same blockade at Chouddagram.
Khaleda was granted six months’ ad-interim bail by the High Court Division in the cases relating to bus and covered van burning.
The Appellate Division stayed her bails and set June 24 for hearing government’s appeal opposing her bails.
Her bail petitions in two other cases await hearing by separate courts at Comilla and Narail.
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