Khaleda Zia had filed a petition with the High Court challenging the government’s notification
The High Court has adjourned the hearing of a writ petition— that challenged the legitimacy of the government notification to shift a trial venue—filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, till June 10.
The HC bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order on Tuesday.
The BNP chief challenged the government's notice to hold her trial in a courtroom at Keraniganj Central Jail.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali and Barrister Moudud Ahmed stood for Khaleda, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state, and Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan appeared for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
On Monday, The HC bench permitted the ACC to become a party to the writ petition filed by Khaleda Zia.
Previously, on Sunday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the government notification.
The Law Ministry, on May 13, issued separate gazette notifications about setting up a makeshift court inside Keraniganj jail and holding a trial for the 17 cases against Khaleda there.
On May 21, Khaleda's lawyers sent a legal notice to the government challenging the government notice issued regarding the shifting of Khaleda's trials.
Later, Khaleda filed the petition as the government did not act regarding the matter.
Three government officials—including the home and law secretaries—were made respondents to the writ.
The newly-constructed building 2 of the central jail was declared the makeshift court – as per the sub-section 2 of section 9 under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Criticizing the gazettes, Barrister Kayser Kamal, who is also a lawyer for Khaleda Zia, said the constitution does not allow for trials to be held in jails or open spaces.
The BNP chairperson has been serving jail terms since a special court convicted her in two graft cases on February 8, 2018.
Her party claims that the cases against her are politically motivated and accuses the government of plotting to keep her out of national politics – a charge the government denies.
Earlier this month, the home minister said the BNP chief would be brought to Keraniganj jail after her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
The old central jail, where she had been imprisoned, will be converted into a museum, he told reporters.