SC upholds stay order on 4 more cases against Khaleda Zia
Published : Sunday, 20 September, 2020 at 12:04 PM Count : 376
The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the High Court order that stayed the trial proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in three violence cases and a defamation case.
The apex court, however, asked the High Court to dispose of the rules issued in connection with the cases.
A three-member virtual bench of the Appellate Division, headed by senior Justice Mohammad Iman Ali, passed the orders.
Additional Attorney General Momataz Uddin Fakir stood for the state while Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood on behalf of the BNP chief.
UNB adds: On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh questioned the actual number of martyrs. "There're controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There're many books and documents on the controversies," she said.
The HC later stayed the trial proceedings of the four cases. It also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the cases should not be scrapped.
This prompted the state counsel to move the Appellate Division.
On August 23 this year, the Appellate Division upheld the High Court Division’s order that had stayed the trial proceedings in four other arson and vandalism cases against the former prime minister filed at Darussalam and Jatrabari police stations in 2015.
Earlier on August 17, the apex court upheld the High Court order halting trial proceedings in four other cases of sabotage against the BNP Chairperson.
The cases were filed in January and March 2015 during a shutdown enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. The High Court stayed the trial proceedings of the four cases in May 2017.
The court also issued four rules asking the government to explain why the court proceedings of the cases would not be declared ‘scrapped’.