Kamal asks BNP to go to court

Staff Correspondent

5 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday asked BNP to go to the court for seeking permission to take its chairperson Khaleda Zia abroad for better treatment.

The minister came up with the remark as the family members of BNP are making preparations to take Khaleda Zia abroad for better treatment as her health condition is not very good.

Khaleda Zia, undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital Dhaka with coronavirus

infection, was shifted to the coronary care unit (CCU) from a non-Covid-19 cabin with breathing complications on Monday.

Family sources of the BNP chief said they would submit an application to the authorities concerned of the government anytime seeking permission to take her abroad for better treatment.

Kamal said the home ministry is yet to receive any application from the BNP or family members regarding Khaleda Zia’s treatment abroad.

“It is the jurisdiction of the court whether she (Khaleda) can go abroad for treatment or not. So far I know, she is being treated under specialist physicians at a private hospital as per her will,” he said.

“The Prime Minister has already made arrangements for her to get proper treatment in the country. Even then, if she (Khaleda Zia) wants to get more, she has to come through the court,” he added.

Earlier, the AL general secretary said it is the matter of the home and law affairs ministry to take the decision whether Khaleda Zia can go abroad or not.

Besides, Awami League joint general secretary said that his party-led government is ready to provide all-out medical assistance for Khaleda Zia’s recovery. Earlier, the BNP chief tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11 and admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 28.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government on March 25 last year freed Khaleda from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her jail sentences in two graft cases. The government later extended the suspension of the jail sentences twice.

On February 8, 2018, the BNP chief was sent to jail after a court sentenced her to five years imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled her sentence.