The High Court bail granted to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases filed against her in Narail and Dhaka over her ‘derogatory remarks' about freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been upheld by the Supreme Court today.
A three-member Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after conducting a hearing in this connection, dismissing the government’s two leave to appeal petitions against the bail this morning.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was on behalf of the state during the hearing.
On August 13 and 14 respectively, the High Court had granted a six-month bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the defamation cases.
According to the case statements, on December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at Engineers Institute raised questions about the number of Liberation War martyrs and made ‘derogatory comments’ on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati in Narail filed a defamation case against her on December 24, 2015 while AB Siddiqui, president of Jananetri Parishad, filed another defamation case with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka against Khaleda on January 5, 2016.