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Two defamation cases

SC upholds quick disposal of Khaleda's bail petitions

HC order to dispose of arson case bail plea

June 12, 2018 00:00:00

Leaders of BNP's women wing Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal along with its president Afroza Abbas talking to a policeman after they gathered at the gate of Old Dhaka Central Jail hearing the news of illness of the party chief Khaleda Zia in the prison on Monday — Collected

The Appellate Division on Monday upheld a High Court order that had asked the lower court to dispose of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail pleas speedily in connection with two defamation cases, reports UNB.

Earlier on May 31, the High Court had ordered the Dhaka trial court to speedily hear and dispose of two bail petitions filed by the BNP chairperson in the defamation cases.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam along with Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin filed two separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the SC challenging the HC order in the morning, said Khaleda's lawyer Masud Rana.

After a hearing the leave-to-appeal petitions, the Chamber Judge upheld the HC order and send the leave-to-appeal petitions to the full bench of the apex court for their hearing on June 25, he said.

The bail petitions were filed on May 22.

One of the cases was a defamation suit filed by Bangladesh Jananetri Parisad President AB Siddik on November 3, 2016 against Khaleda Zia for distorting history of the Liberation War, and demeaning the national flag and map.

The other was filed by journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam on August 30, 2016 accusing Khaleda of observing birthday on August 15 on false information.

Meanwhile, the High Court directed on Tuesday a special tribunal in Cumilla to dispose of a bail petition as soon as possible filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed in the district over the February 3, 2015 arson attack.

An HC bench of Justice Md Shawkat Hossain and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Khaleda Zia in the case.

Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam accompanied by Deputy Attorneys General AKM Amin Uddin Manik and Moniruzzaman Rubel represented the state.

Earlier, the High Court on Sunday adjourned until Monday the hearing on a bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case.

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