Sayeed Muhammad of DOT
The High Court (HC) yesterday extended the bail granted to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by one year in two defamation cases against her.
The cases were filed in Dhaka and Narail for alleged derogatory remarks that she made on freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports The Daily Star.
The bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim issued the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyers yesterday.
Among the lawyers for Khaleda, AJ Mohammad Ali, Kaiser Kamal and Foyez Jibran were present.
The HC had granted six months’ bail in each of the defamation cases in last year’s August, said Kaiser Kamal, adding, the new bail pleadings were made after the terms of the previous bails had passed.
The court also granted a six-month bail to Khaleda in the defamation case filed in Narail on August 13 last, while she bail on similar charges filed in Dhaka a day later.
The government had filed the petitions with the Supreme Court seeking a freeze on HC bail orders.
The chamber judge transferred the petitions to the Appellate Division for a hearing. The apex court later rejected the petitions after the hearing on last year’s October 1, 2018.
Khaleda at a discussion in Dhaka in 2015 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.”
Afterwards, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case in Narail in the same year, with pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad chief AB Siddique filed suing her inDhaka in 2016.