Dhaka, 17 July, Abnews: A Narail court has denied bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a defamation case filed over her ‘derogatory remarks’ about freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Judge Jahidul Azad, senior judicial magistrate of Narail court, passed the order on Tuesday.
Earlier on July 2, the court ended the hearing and kept it pending to pass the order.
On June 5, Judge Sheikh Abdul Ahad of the District and Session’s Judge Court denied her bail mentioning it ‘not maintainable’.
On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs saying, ‘There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.’
Reacting over the Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case with the Cognisance Court on December 24, 2015.
On Feb 8, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fines her Tk 2 crore for financial irregularities in the Zia Orphanage Trust.
After Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Khaleda is the second head of the government convicted in a graft case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman. Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.