HC stay orders on 4 cases against Khaleda upheld

Staff Correspondent

21 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday upheld four more High Court (HC) orders that stayed proceedings of four cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.  

The apex court, however, asked the HC to hear and dispose of the rules issued in connection with the cases.

A three-member apex court virtual bench headed by Justice Muhammad Imman Ali passed the order after holding hearing on state appeals against the HC orders.

With the four cases, the SC has so far upheld 12 HC orders that stayed trial proceedings of 12 cases against Khaleda, said her lawyer AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon.

Of the four cases, three were filed with the capital’s Darus Salam Police Station for committing subversive activities during BNP-Jamaat’s blockade programme in 2015.

The other case was filed with a Dhaka court for sedition charges for her statement regarding the number of martyrs in the War of Liberation.

The HC in 2017 stayed the proceedings of three subversion cases, allowing an appeal of the BNP chief.

The court in the same year stayed proceedings of the sedition case also.

Additional Attorney General Momtaz Uddin Fakir argued for the state plea against the High Court orders, while Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon represented Khaleda Zia.

Khokon also said Khaleda Zia is accused in total 37 cases and she is on bail in 35 cases and has been convicted in two -- Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft -- cases.

The former Prime Minister got released from jail following an executive order issued by the government on March 25 this year.