Accusing the government of accelerating the trial process of Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases filed against Khaleda Zia with an evil motive, BNP on Tuesday feared that its chairperson is unlikely to get justice in the two cases.
The party also threatened that it will take to the streets over the issue alongside its demand for holding a fresh election under a non-party administration if the ‘false and politically motivated’ cases are not withdrawn immediately.
“The two cases were filed to belittle our leader Khaleda Zia and keep her away from politics. We demand the government immediately withdraw the cases. We’ll go on a movement on this specific issue if good sense doesn’t prevail upon the government to drop the cases,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Addressing a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “There’s no doubt that the cases were filed with a political and heinous motive. So, we alongside legal battle will continue our movement on the streets. People will give a befitting reply to the government’s all plots when people’s democratic and basic rights will be established and a congenial atmosphere ensured for fair trial.”
Fakhrul claimed that the allegations brought against Khaleda in the two cases are baseless, false and fabricated. “Khaleda Zia would have been relieved of the cases with honor had there been justice in the country. The way the trial processes of the two cases are being conducted our hope for getting justice is fading fast.”
He said their chairperson is carrying out the legal battle as a law-abiding citizen despite knowing that there is hardly any chance to get justice. “The chances for getting justice and remedy in the apex court are also shrinking gradually. We’re getting disappointed over the role of the court.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government has got desperate to complete the trial of the two cases fast violating rules, regulations and norms of the judiciary. “The two cases were transferred to a special court. We think this is part of the government’s conspiracy.”
He accused the government of resorting to various evil tactics to perpetuate its ‘illegal power. “Filing false cases against opposition leaders and activists and implicating them in false cases are one of these evil designs.”
The BNP spokesman came down hard on the government for what he said changing the judge of the special court dealing with the two graft cases against Khaleda.
He said a writ of Khaleda’s counsels challenging the appointment of Basudev Roy to the special court is pending with the High Court. “The appointment of a new judge before disposal of the writ has exposed the government’s bad political intention.”
The government has recently appointed a new judge to third Special Judge’s Court dealing with the graft cases against the BNP chairperson.
Law Ministry's Joint Secretary Abu Ahmed Jamadar replaced Basudev Roy of Dhaka's Third Special Judge's Court, as per a government order.
Meanwhile, Khaleda will appear before the makeshift court set up at the Bakshibazar Alia Madrassah playground on Wednesday noon for the deposition hearing in Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust corruption cases.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyer advocate Sanaullah Mia said the BNP chief will go to the country around 12 noon.
Party sources said the leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies have a plan to stage a big showdown in Bakshibazar and its adjacent areas centering the arrival of their leader in the court.
The BNP high-ups asked the party men to peacefully stage the showdown avoiding confrontation with the law enforcers.
BNP sees ill-motive behind speed up trial against Khaleda