AD to hear govt petitions for stay Oct 1

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:31, Aug 30,2018 | Updated: 00:08, Aug 31,2018


Khaleda Zia. — New Age file photo

The Appellate Division on Thursday posted for October 1 the hearing in two government petitions for staying High Court orders granting bail to jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases.

The two cases were filed for the same allegation that Khaleda Zia expressed doubts about the number of people who made supreme sacrifices in the 1971 Liberation War.

Appellate Division vacation judge in-chamber Justice Hasan Foez Siddique set the schedule of hearing after attorney general Mahbubey Alam moved the two petitions.

On August 14, the High Court granted bail for six months to Khaleda in the first case filed by ruling Awami League leader Rayhan Faruk Imam with the Narail chief judicial magistrate’s court on December 24, 2015.

Earlier on August 13, the High Court granted her bail in the second case filed by Jananetri Parishad president AB Siddique, also a lawyer, with the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on November 3, 2016.

The plaintiffs in both the cases alleged that Khaleda Zia at a discussion at Institution of Engineers Bangladesh in Dhaka on December 21, 2015 raised the question about the number of people who made supreme sacrifices in the Liberation War.

They also allege that Khaleda defamed them saying that the founding president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to be prime minister of Pakistan and not the independence of Bangladesh.

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