The High Court Division said Wednesday that it would give its decision on October 14 on former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petition challenging the legality of holding her trial in the Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust case in her absence.
On September 20, Dhaka Special judge court 5, the trial court, announced that her trial would proceed in her absence.
On September 4, the government in an unprecedented move shifted her trial inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail on the plea of ensuring her security.
A bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice S M Kuddus Zaman set the schedule on Wednesday after hearing her petition for two days.
Following an order from the High Court Division, she is under treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University since September 6.
The government declared the cabin she is in as a ‘sub-jail.’
At Wednesday’s hearing, her lawyers AJ Mohammad Ali and Kayser Kamal sought a ruling to the government asking it to explain why the special judge court’s decision to continue her trial in her absence would not be declared violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The lawyers also sought stay the proceedings in the Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust case until the High Court Division disposed of its ruling.
On Wednesday, the bench in a separate ruling asked the government to explain why two others detained accused in the charitable trust case Ziaul Hoque Munna and Monirul Islam Khan would not be granted bails.
On September 24 the Dhaka Special Judge’s court 5 sent them to the jail after cancelling their bails after they expressed no confidence on it and appealed to transfer the case to another court.
The same bench rejected their appeal as well as their application expressing no confidence on the trial court.
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