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Arrest warrant issued for Khaleda, Gayeshwar

  • Published at 07:18 pm July 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:11 pm July 11th, 2018
File photos of BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

The court’s order comes in a case filed over defamatory remarks on Liberation War martyrs

A Dhaka court has issued an arrest warrant against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy in a case filed over their alleged defamatory remarks on 1971 Liberation War martyrs.

Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sayed on Wednesday issued the warrant 10 days after Shahbagh police submitted an investigation report saying the allegations against the duo were found true.

The court’s order came following hearing on the case lodged by AB Siddique. It has also fixed August 7 for submission of warrant execution report to the police station concerned.

Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is currently in the old Dhaka central jail serving a five-year sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. She was convicted in February 8.

Senior BNP leader Gayeshwar is currently out on bail in several cases. 

On January 5, 2016, AB Siddique, president of pro-Awami League Jananetri Parishad, had started the case with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court under Sections 500, 501 and 506 of the Penal Code.

After recording the plaintiff’s statement, then metropolitan magistrate Md Aminul Haque had ordered the Shahbagh police officer-in-charge to investigate and submit their findings before the court.

Siddique said that Khaleda Zia came up with “false and derogatory remarks” about the country and its creation through the Liberation War while addressing a program marking the 45th Victory Day in the capital on December 21, 2015.

He said the BNP chief had expressed doubt about the number of people who sacrificed their lives during the war, claiming the figure was disputed.

She also said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not want independence for the Bangali nation, rather wanted to be the prime minister of Pakistan, according to case documents.

Four days later, Gayeshwar supported her speech and called for a “survey to determine the correct number” of 1971 martyrs, Siddique also alleged.