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Case filed against Khaleda for calling AL irreligious party

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Court Correspondent
A case has been lodged against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court for offending people’s reli-gious sentiments and calling the ruling Awami League an irreligious party in the guise of secularism.
President of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad AB Siddiqui filed the case with the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mostafizur Rahman on Tuesday morning.
Taking cognizance of the complaint, the court asked the officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station to investigate it after obtaining permission from the government and submit a report in this regard by November 19.
According to the compliant, while exchanging greetings with members of the country’s Hindu community at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on October 14, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia made provocative remarks against the ruling Awami League and made speech offending people’s religious sentiments.
Branding Awami League as an irreligious party in the guise of secularist, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had said the ruling party men attack all religions whenever they get a chance.
Secularism is just their mask … actually, the party believes in impiety and people of no religion are safe in the hands of this government, the BNP chief said.
The remarks made by Khaleda Zia are punishable offence according to the section 153/ ‘ka’ of the Bangladesh Penal Code, said Rawshanara Sikdar Daizy, lawyer of AB Siddiqui.