Former prime minister and main opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday got six months’ ad interim bails in two more cases one of which alleges that she had hurt religious sentiments of citizens in her speech at a public meeting in 2014 and the other one alleges that she had made defamatory remarks against the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in her speech at a public meeting in 2016.
The bails were granted by a bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Ahmed Sohel.
AB Siddique president of Jananetri Parishad was the plaintiff of both the cases in the Court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
On January 20, 2019, two metropolitan magistrates’ courts issued separate warrants to arrest her in the two cases filed by the Jananetri Parishad president AB Siddique though she had been in jail custody since February 8, 2018.
In the first case, Siddique alleged that Khaleda Zia had hurt the religious sentiments of citizens by saying at a public meeting that Awami League does not believe in secularism and that’s why under its rule repression of the Hindus occur and Hindu properties are grabbed.
Siddique alleged, in the second case filed in 2016, that Khaleda defamed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the history of the Liberation War in her speech at another public meeting by stating Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not want independence as he wanted to be prime minister of Pakistan.
AJ Mohammad Ali appeared for Khaleda Zia and her bails were opposed by deputy attorney general Fazlur Rahman Khan.
Khaleda Zia needs to get bails in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case and the Zia Charitable Trust Case and her appeals against convictions in both these cases are pending.
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