News Desk: The High Court has granted permanent bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases filed on charges of defamation and inciting religious discord.
Barrister Kaiser Kamal appeared for Khaleda in the court. Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state.
AB Siddiqui, president of Jannetri Parishad, filed a complaint against Khaleda Zia in the court on October 21, 2014, alleging that she had hurt her religious feelings. AB Siddiqui filed a case against Khaleda Zia under sections 153 (a) and 295 (a) of the Penal Code.
Speaking as the chief guest at the founding anniversary of the Nationalist Chhatra Dal at the Engineering Institute on December 31, 2016, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said, "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not want the independence of the country. He wanted to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The people of this country went to war because General Ziaur Rahman declared independence. '
He further said, "Corruption and looting are going on in the name of development during the tenure of the present Awami League government. The party is killing innocent people by making them militants, vandalizing the houses of the minorities, looting and killing by setting them on fire. Police forces are arresting, kidnapping and killing good people including the opposition. By delaying the work of Padma Bridge and flyover in the name of development, they are looting by showing expensive money. Against whom I am ordering the leaders and workers of Chhatra Dal, you should go down to every village and make arrangements for all the people and the youth to unite against this government. '
AB Siddiqui filed a case in the court on January 25, 2016.
Meanwhile, AB Siddiqui had filed another case against Khaleda Zia's statement regarding the murder of tailor Biswajit in Old Dhaka in 2014. In these two cases, the High Court granted bail to Khaleda Zia. The court granted permanent bail in two cases today.