The High Court on Tuesday granted six-month bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a defamation case filed over her ‘derogatory remarks’ about freedom fighters and martyred intellectuals.
The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Kashefa Hussain passed the order after hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda’s counsel.
The petition was filed on Monday after a Dhaka Court denied bail in the case on August 7.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda while Deputy Attorney General Kamrul Ahsan Khan Aslam for the state.
On January 5, 2016, AB Siddiqui, president of Jananetri Parishad, filed the case with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (CMM) in Dhaka.
As per prosecution, Khaleda Zia questioned the actual number of Liberation War martyrs at a discussion held in Dhaka on December 21, 2015. Besides, she made objectionable remarks about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.