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Khaleda files writ challenging court shifting

Published : Monday, 27 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 176

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the government's move to hold trial of 17 cases against her inside the Keraniganj Central Jail.
Barrister Kayser Kamal filed the writ petition on behalf of the former prime minister challenging the Law Ministry's gazette notifications issued on May 12 about setting up a makeshift court inside Keraniganj Jail and holding trial of 17 cases against Khaleda, including the Niko graft case.
The trial would be held at a special court inside Keraniganj Central Jail in Dhaka due to security concerns, the government notifications say. The newly-constructed building-2 of the central jail was declared the makeshift court as per the sub-section 2 of section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Kayser Kamal said the bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md Khairul Alam might hear the petition on Monday.
Criticising the gazettes, Kamal said that the constitution does not allow holding trials in jails or open space.
Khaleda has been in jail since February last year after she was convicted of corruption. 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 that the BNP chief would be taken to Keraniganj jail after her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
The old central jail, where she had been kept, will be converted into a museum, he told journalists.

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