A Narail court on Tuesday rejected a bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over her “derogatory remarks” about the number of 1971 Liberation War martyrs.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Nayan Boral of Narail Cognisance Court passed the order after Khaleda's lawyer placed the bail petition before his court.
On April 16, the court had fixed May 8 for the bail appeal’s hearing.
The court on August 23, 2016 had issued a warrant for Khaleda’s arrest in the case.
On July 25 last year, Khaleda was also summoned to appear before a court over the issue.
On December 21, 2015, the BNP chief at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka had raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs, saying: "There are controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There are also many books and documents on the controversies."
Reacting to the her remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati had filed the case with the Cognisance Court three days later.