The High Court has granted ad-interim bail for six-months to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases.
A division bench comprising Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Kashefa Hussain passed the order on Tuesday following bail petitions filed by Khaleda Zia.“Both the cases are bailable. But we had to come to the High Court as the lower court denied her bail,” BNP leader and defence counsel Moudud Ahmed said.
The High Court has granted six-month bail in each of the cases, he said.
Although Khaleda Zia has obtained bail in two defamation cases, she will not be released from jail following her conviction in two corruption cases.
The defamation cases were filed against the BNP chief for making defamatory statements on Bangabandhu and the Awami League in her public addresses.
“Bangladesh Awami League promotes fake secularism in the party. In reality, they are the atheists. People irrespective of their religion are unsafe in their hand. Awami League usurped the assets of people from the Hindu community when they came to power. They even attacked Hindus,” Khaleda had said in an event at Engineers Institute of Bangladesh on October 14, 2014.
On October 21 the same year, Janannetri Parishad President AB Siddique filed a case against Khaleda alleging that her statement hurt religious sentiment of the people.He filed another defamation case against Khaleda over the complaint of making derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Awami League, on January 25, 2017.
Shahbagh police station submitted reports against Khaleda Zia in both cases on June 30, 2018.
On March 20 this year, a Dhaka court issued arrest warrant against her in the cases.