Dhaka Special Court-5 Judge have been issued an arrest warrants against the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The warrant is gone out against Khaleda in two separate cases that filed against her in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and over undermining Bangladesh’s map, its national flag and liberation war.
1st case: ‘Zia Orphanage Trust graft’
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5 approved the order in response to a petition filed by the state seeking an arrest warrant against Khalada. She was not gone to London without court’s permission that is also issued by the court.
Sanaullah Miah, Khaleda’s counsel submitted a time petition to the makeshift court of Special Judge-5 at Bakshibazar citing his clients’ stay in Landon for treatment.
The court also sent two others charged in the brief former MP Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed – to jail cancelling their bail. On July 20 this year, a petition was filed with the court begging a warrant for the arrest of Khaleda Zia in the graft case for going to London without court’s permission.
Besides, the hearing on the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against the BNP chief and others is underway at the same court.
The case of Zia Orphanage Trust graft was filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, on July 3, 2008. Her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
On August 8, 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abuse of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
2nd case: ‘Undermining Bangladesh’s map, its national flag and liberation war’
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Nur Nabi emerged the order this morning after hearing a petition seeking Khaleda’s arrest and the court also set November 12 for next hearing.
President of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, AB Siddique filed the petition as Khaleda did not appear before the court following its previous order. Earlier on March 22, the court had issued a summon order asking Khaleda to appear before it on September 12 but the BNP chairperson failed.
Else, on November 3 in 2016, AB Siddique had filed the case with the court accusing Khaleda of undermining the country’s map, national flag and liberation war.
After hearing the accusations, the court directed the officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Police Station to investigate the matter and submit a report to it.
On February 25, Moshiur Rahman, officer-in -charge (investigation) of the police station, submitted the probe report to the court, mentioning the allegations were found true.
Bdtodays/ M, H/ 12 October, 2017