BSMMU report says the BNP chief has not given consent for advanced treatment
The High Court has rejected the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, saying the petition is just a repetition without any new ground to consider.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque gave the order on Thursday, after hearing arguments from both Khaleda’s lawyers and the state over a latest medical report on Khaleda’s health condition submitted on Wednesday by the vice-chancellor of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Khaleda's aggrieved lawyers Zainul Abedin and Moudud Ahmed both told reporters later that they would move the Appellate Division challenging the order.
The report, which was read out during the hearing of the bail plea filed by her counsels citing illness, said Khaleda did not give consent to the BSMMU Hospital to provide her with advanced treatment.
Khaleda’s counsels said she did not give consent because the medical board’s suggested advanced treatment may have side effects that would put her life at risk.
In Thursday's order, the court said the seven-member BSMMU medical board did not say in the report that they are incapable of giving Khaleda advanced treatment. The court also said it should be kept in consideration that she is a prisoner and will not get all types of facilities like normal citizens. Her treatment will be provided as per the Jail Code.
The court also said Khaleda’s advanced treatment will start immediately if she gives consent, and the medical board may appoint new specialist doctor if they want for the sake of the treatment.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, who represented the state, the treatment and medicine suggested by the medical board are available in Bangladesh and her advanced treatment is possible at the BSMMU Hospital.
Advocate Kurshid Alam Khan, who stood during the hearing for Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that filed the case, had also strongly opposed the bail plea.
The BNP chief has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was also convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on October 29, 2018.
She has been receiving treatment at BSMMU Hospital since April 1, 2019.
On February 23, the High Court had asked the BSMMU VC to submit the medical report by 5pm Wednesday through the registrar general of the Supreme Court, and set Thursday to hear the bail plea.
Prior to that, the BNP chief on February 18 had filed the bail petition, citing illness.
On December 12, 2019, the Appellate Division had also turned down Khaleda’s bail petition in the graft case.