The High Court on Tuesday extended BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s six-month bails to one year in the defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail over her “derogatory” comments on the number of Liberation War martyrs.
The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after hearing a bail extension plea.
Earlier on August 13 in 2018, the HC granted a six-month bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a defamation case filed in Narail and she also got bail in a defamation case filed in Dhaka on August 14.
Khaleda at a discussion in Dhaka in 2015 raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs, saying, “There're controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There're also many books and documents on the controversies.”
Reacting to Khaleda's remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case in Narail in the same year.
Besides, President of pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed another defamation case against Khaleda with a Dhaka court in 2016.