A Dhaka judge has asked a petitioner to withdraw his application asking the court to show BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia concurrently arrested in a case filed against her on charges of undermining Bangladesh’s map and the national flag by appointing ministers from the Jamaat-e-Islami, which had opposed Bangladesh’s liberation.
AB Siddique, the plaintiff in the case, filed the petition with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Ahsan Habib Wednesday morning.
The same court had issued an arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia on October 12 last year when she failed to appear for a hearing related to the defamation case.
On November 3, 2016, AB Siddique had filed a defamation case with the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrates court against Khaleda and her late husband former president Ziaur Rahman on charges of undermining Bangladesh’s map and the national flag.
Siddique is the incumbent president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organization.
After recording the statement of the plaintiff, Metropolitan Magistrate Rayhan-Ul Islam directed officer-in-charge of Tejgaon police station to investigate the case.
On February 25, 2017, Moshiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the police station, submitted a probe report to the court mentioning that he found the allegations was true.
However, the OC dropped Ziaur Rahman’s name from the case as he is not alive.
According to case documents, Ziaur Rahman had taken over as the country’s president in the aftermath of the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. Zia also confined Sheikh Hasina after her arrival in the country from India on May 17, 1981, reads the case statement.
Following Ziaur Rahman’s death, Khaleda assumed leadership of the BNP and eventually formed a governing coalition with Jamaat-e-Islami in 2001. She appointed ministers from the party and handed over the map and the national flag of independent Bangladesh to them even though they had worked against the country during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
The plaintiff alleged that handing over the flag and map of Bangladesh to Jamaat-e-Islami leaders was tantamount to undermining Bangladesh’s map and the national flag.