The High Court on Thursday once again rejected jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petition for bail in the Zia Charitable Trust Case for her treatment in the United Kingdom.
Her lawyers told reporters that they would appeal against the High Court order.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq rejected Khaleda’s new bail petition stating that her treatment was possible at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, the highest hospital of the country.
The court also said that the seven-member medical board constituted by the university for her in nowhere in their report said that they were unable to provide her with treatment.
The court, referring to the medical board report submitted to it, said that Khaleda’s ‘advanced treatment’ could not begin as she did not give her consent to such treatment.
The court said that Khaleda could engage doctors on her choice in the seven-member board.
The court directed the medical board to provide her treatment with her consent.
The court reminded Khaleda that being a convict she would not be entitled to get such a privilege from the court as it done to a free person.
The court said that she was being given treatment following the Jail Code and other rules and convention.
The courts said that it was undoubted that her health condition was bad but how her treatment would be provide if she did not give consent to it.
Earlier the medical board in a report to the court said that Khaleda Zia was suffering from diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cough-variant asthma and rheumatoid arthritis with secondary sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that damages moisture-producing glands making it difficult to produce saliva and tears, with bilateral total knee replacement.
The report said, ‘Her hypertension is well controlled. Diabetes and cough-variant asthma are relatively controlled. Rheumatoid arthritis is severe and uncontrolled.’
It said, ‘She has loss of appetite and back pain as new complaint.’
The report said, ‘Advanced treatment has been planned for controlling her Rheumatoid Arthritis. The consent of the patient is important for switching to the advanced treatment. So far, she has not given her consent.’
The report also said, ‘A thorough screening for any hidden infection is another requite for starting the advanced treatment. She has been advised several investigation including hepatitis B and C serology, quantiferon TB gold plus, X-ray of dosrso-lumbar spine and upper GL endoscopy. So far she has not agreed to carry out these investigations.’
Khaleda’s lawyer Moudud Ahmed said that the former prime minister did not give her consent to the advanced treatment as she apprehended her risk of life and severe side effect of advanced treatment, first of its kind in Bangladesh.
‘What is the harm to allow her treatment in UK where he had done earlier,’ he said.
Her another lawyer Zainul Abedin said that she was now a cripple person as there had been no improvement of her health since she was shifted to the hospital on April 1, 2018.
On February 18, 2020, Khaleda filed the new bail petition amid conflicting political statements by leaders of the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP over her release.
Khaleda’s bail was opposed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam and Anti-Corruption Commission’s lawyer Khurshid Alam’s Khan since her the Appellate Division on December 12, 2019 upheld the High Court order rejecting her bail on July 31,2019 .
BNP termed the rejection of Khaleda’s bail plea ‘an outcome of the govt’s vindictive policy’ and announced countrywide demonstrations for Friday.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at the party central office at Naya Paltan.
He said that the party would hold protests in all the cities and district towns and, as part of the programme, the party will hold a rally in front of its central office on Saturday at 2:00pm.
Alleging that the court rejected Khaleda’s petition at the ‘behest’ of the government, he condemn the HC order and demanded Khaleda’s immediate release.
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