Indictment hearing against Khaleda Zia adjourned till Feb 1
Published: 06:04 PM, 13 January 2022 Updated: 06:05 PM, 13 January 2022
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo
A Dhaka court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on charge framing in two cases lodged against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for celebrating a fake birthday on National Mourning Day and ‘stigmatizing’ the War of Liberation by rehabilitating anti-liberation forces till February 1.
Today was fixed for holding a hearing on the matter, but Khaleda Zia failed to appear before the court as she is undergoing treatment in hospital.
Allowing a defence plea, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Noor adjourned the hearing till February 1.
On August 30, 2016, journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam lodged the fake birthday case against Khaleda and the court on that day issued summon against her.
According to the complainant, Khaleda from 1996 is celebrating her fake birthday on August 15, the day when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was martyred along with most of his family members. She is doing this on purpose only to dishonour the Father of the Nation.
The complainant also submitted copies of different newspaper reports on Khaleda's birthday, copies of her passport, marriage certificate and mark sheets, which indicates her birthday on any other day but August 15.
Jananetri Parishad president AB Siddiqui filed the other case on November 3, 2016, against Khaleda Zia and her late husband Ziaur Rahman for stigmatizing the War of Liberation by rehabilitating anti-Liberation War elements.
The BNP chief is on bail in both the cases as Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayesh granted her bail on July 31, 2018.