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Quader: No release of Khaleda on parole without logical ground

  • Published at 10:38 pm February 13th, 2020
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File photo of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, who is also the road transport and bridges minister of the incumbent government Dhaka Tribune

Only the court has the jurisdiction to give her release in the graft case, he says

Awami League General Secretary has said the government cannot consider releasing BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on parole without any logical ground.

“None so far has applied to the Home Ministry for Khaleda Zia’s release on parole. Even, if they apply, it should have a logical ground,” he said.

The minister made the comment at the triennial council of Tungipara upazila unit of Awami League at Gopalganj Upazila Parishad on Thursday, reports BSS.

Quader said BNP claims family members of Begum Zia have applied in various ways for her release on parole but the Home Ministry did not get any application.

“BNP makes application on television screen” not in reality, he added.

Pointing to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the Awami League general secretary said like BNP, Awami League does not do politics of vengeance.

About Khaleda’s illness, Quader said BNP leaders are making misleading accounts of Khaleda’s illness which are contradictory to physicians’ opinions.

The minister said BNP leaders are not anxious about Khaleda’s physical condition rather they are doing politics with it.

Quader said neither Awami League nor the government has sent Begum Zia to jail.

Khaleda has been in jail after being convicted in the case filed during the last caretaker government, he said adding that the case is not a political one rather a graft case.

“If it was a political case, the government could consider releasing her. But only the court has the jurisdiction to give her release in the graft case,” he said.