BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday expressed his hope that the High Court will grant bail to party Chairperson Khaleda Zia over the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Sunday.
"The hearing on her (Khaleda Zia’s) bail petition will be held on Sunday. She deserves to be granted bail," he said.
"We believe, as per the rules and structure of the judiciary, Khaleda Zia will get bail on Sunday," Moudud added.
The BNP leader was speaking at a discussion arranged by "Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad" at Jatyia Press Club, to demand the BNP chairperson's immediate release from jail.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, further said: "The more it takes to grant her (Khaleda Zia’s) bail, the more minus points there will be for the government."
He alleged that the government deliberately delayed handover of the certified copy of the verdict using various tricks in order to hamper the BNP chairperson’s appeal process.
The BNP leader also claimed that Khaleda Zia has been suffering immensely in jail, as she was kept in solitary confinement in violation of her constitutional rights.
Referring to their party's peaceful movement protesting Khaleda Zia's imprisonment, Moudud said their chairperson directed them not to commit any violence or imprudent programmes before going to jail.
He said the government is not happy as BNP is not indulging in violence. "We will prove this time that the government can be forced to accept demands through a peaceful movement."
The BNP leader added that their party leaders and activists are united in the absence of their chairperson. "Our leader (Khaleda Zia) will surely come out of jail. We have already proven that BNP and the 20-party alliance are united and we are working together."
He also said there will be no issue of splitting the BNP. "No one could split up BNP in the last 10 years, and no one will be able to do so in the future."