Update January 7, 2015

Dhaka 4-29 pm, 25-September, 2020

Khaleda remain confined for 4th day: exempted from court appearance for today

Mirajul Moin Joy

Police forces were still deployed in front of Khaleda's party office in Gulshan on Wednesday

Police forces were still deployed in front of Khaleda’s party office in Gulshan on Wednesday

Nirapad News : A Dhaka court today exempted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from appearing before the court today in the proceedings of the two graft cases against her.

However, the court rejected her two other pleas seeking adjournment of deposition recording in the Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of special Judge court-3 passed the orders after Khaleda’s counsel moved four petitions seeking the BNP chief’s exemption from court for today’s proceedings citing her confinement and adjournment of recording deposition.

The court adjourned the proceedings till January 15.

The proceedings of the case are being carried out at a makeshift court in Dhaka’s Bakshibazar where a skirmish broke out the last time Khaleda Zia attended the trial with supporters of BNP and the ruling Awami League clashing for over an hour.

The BNP chief had sought protection in that regard.

The confinement of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, has been entered into the fourth day amid protests by party men.

Police forces were still deployed in front of Khaleda’s party office in Gulshan on Wednesday.

Some water cannons and riot police vans were seen near the former premier’s office in till filing the report in the afternoon.

The main entrance has been locked again.

Meanwhile, a delegation of pro-BNP teachers led by AFM Yusuf Haider went to meet Khaleda Zia at the office.

Restrictions around the BNP chief’s office were relaxed on Monday night. The sand-laden trucks that were parked on either side of the office were also removed.

Khaleda had attempted to come out of her office on Monday but she failed. The two-time prime minister sat in her car and waited for the police to open the locked gates of her office.

Later, the confined leader announced a non-stop blockade, protesting the police obstacle.

The BNP chief has been kept confined to her Gulshan party office since Saturday midnight.

However, police authorities and ministers, including the prime minister, denied confining the opposition leader and said the heavy police deployment was in response to Khaleda’s request for security.

Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, special assistant to Khaleda, told reporters about the confinement at an instant press briefing at the BNP Gulshan office on Saturday night.

Monirul Islam, joint commissioner at the DMP and also its spokesperson, said at a press briefing on Sunday afternoon that Khaleda Zia was not confined.

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