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Hearing on Khaleda’s plea against court transfer adjourned till June 10

DHAKA, The High Court (HC) today adjourned till June 10 the hearing on a plea submitted by BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia challenging a government order to transfer cases against her to a temporary court raised in front of Keraniganj Central Jail for further hearing.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md. Khairul Alam passed the order, allowing a time plea of the defence.

Today Barrister Moudud Ahmed, AJ Mohammad Ali took part in the hearing for the BNP chief, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state. Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan moved the case for AntiCorruption Commission (ACC).

Government recently transferred 15 cases including Niko and Gatco graft cases filed against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and others to the makeshift court.

A Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry gazette notification was issued on May 12, saying the cases were transferred to the temporary court at newly constructed building2 in front of Keraniganj Central Jail over security reasons.

The 15 cases are: Niko graft case, Gatco graft case, Boropukuria graft case, eight cases of sabotage lodged with Darus Salam Police Station, a case lodged with Jatrabari Police Station over torching a bus, and three defamation cases.

The BNP chief is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under jail custody. She was in jail after getting convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. She was later sentenced to sevenyear in jail in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)