Khaleda Zia gets bail in two defamation cases
Published: 01:04 PM, 18 June 2019 Updated: 01:09 PM, 18 June 2019
The High Court has granted six months interim bail to BNP chief Khaleda Zia in two cases — hurting religious sentiments and defamation.
The High Court bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Ahmed Sohel ordered the interim bail on Monday.
Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali appearing for Khaleda Zia in the court. Deputy Attorney General Fazlur Rahman Khan was present for the state.
On October 14, 2014, Khaleda Zia said at an event in Engineer Institute of Bangladesh (IEB), “Bangladesh Awami League wears the face of secularism. Mainly, the party is irreligion believer. People of any religion are not safe from the Awami League. As Awami League came to power, they took possession of the property of Hindus. They attacked Hindus.”
On October 21 of that year, AB Siddiqui, President of the Jananetri Parishad — filed a case against Khaleda Zia — saying such statements hurt religious sentiments, as well as caste divisions between Hindus and Muslims.
On the other hand, AB Siddiqui filed another lawsuit against her on January 25, 2017, on charges of making indecent comments against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Awami League.
According to the complaint of the case, Khaleda Zia made indecent comments against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Awami League on December 31, 2016, at an anniversary program of Chhatra Dal in capital’s Engineer Institute.
Shahbagh Police Station submitted a final report of two cases against Khaleda Zia on June 30 last year. On March 20, The court issued an arrest warrant by taking cognizance of the report. Then her lawyers appealed to the High Court seeking bail.