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Zia Charitable Trust case: HC seeks Khaleda’s medical report, next hearing Thursday

  • Published at 11:01 am February 23rd, 2020
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The court also fixed Thursday 10:30am for hearing on Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in the  Zia Charitable Trust corruption case

The High Court has asked Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Kanak Kanti Barua to submit a medical report on Khaleda Zia’s latest health condition to it by 5pm on Wednesday.

The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq on Sunday asked the VC to submit the report through the Registrar General of the Supreme Court. 

The court also fixed Thursday 10:30am for hearing on Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in the  Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Advocate Zainul Abedin stood in court for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.

At the hearing, Adv Zainul stated that Khaleda Zia’s health condition had deteriorated severely in recent months and required advanced treatment that was not available in BSMMU.

“Khaleda Zia is severely ill, she wants to go to London for better treatment if she gets bail,” he said.

He also asked the court to grant bail to the detained former prime minister on humanitarian grounds.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam strongly opposed the bail petition, saying the same bail petition had been rejected by the court and appellate division earlier.

Later, the court ordered the  BSMMU VC to submit a medical report on the BNP leader’s latest health condition.

Among others, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan on behalf of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), senior counsel from both sides, and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir were present in court during the hearing.

On February 18, the BNP chief filed a fresh petition with the High Court seeking bail in the case, citing illness.

It was mentioned in the petition that the BNP chairperson was seriously ill and needed advanced treatment.

On December 12, 2019, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court turned down the bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the graft case.

A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on October 29, 2018.

On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda Zia. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8, 2018.