BNP: Khaleda’s bail rejection exposed govt’s vindictive policy

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The party announces countrywide demonstrations for Saturday

BNP has alleged the High Court order rejecting the bail petition of the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case has exposed the government’s vindictive policy.

The party announced to stage demonstrations across the country, including in the capital, on Saturday protesting against the bail rejection by the court, reports UNB.

As part of the program, the party will also hold a rally in front of its Naya Paltan central office in Dhaka the same day at 2pm.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the program at a press conference at the party central office in protest against the court order on Thursday.

Earlier, a High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque turned down the bail petition filed by Khaleda Zia in the corruption case.

In its observation, the court said it is possible for the board to provide treatment to Khaleda Zia. 

“If she wants, the medical board will start the treatment anytime soon. If it is required, the number of the seven-member board could be increased,” the court added.

Protesting against the court order, Rizvi said:”The government’s vindictive policy has exposed through the rejection of bail petition of Khaleda Zia by the High Court.”

He alleged that the court turned down their chairperson’s bail petition at the behest of the government. “I, on behalf of BNP, condemn and protest it.”

The BNP leader also demanded the government release Khaleda immediately from jail.

He said there is a public perception that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina imprisoned Khaleda in a bid to eliminate her arch rival from politics. 

“That is why the head of the government has targeted our leader’s [Khaleda’s] illness as weapon to satisfy her vengeance by pushing her towards a grievous situation without giving treatment.”

Rizvi warned that the government “must pay a heavy price someday for playing a game over bail and treatment of seriously sick Khaleda by using the court.”

He alleged that different state organizations and constitutional bodies have become repressive tools as people have lost their ownership of the country. 

“These organizations are thinking that getting blessings of the government by doing its slavery sacrificing their independence is their success.”