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Trial in absence of Khaleda

HC order on revision plea Sunday

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Staff Reporter :
The High Court (HC) on Wednesday fixed next Sunday for passing an order on a revision plea filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the trial court's decision to continue the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust case in her absence.
The High Court Bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice S M Kuddus Zaman passed the order after conclusion of the hearing on the petition yesterday.
Advocate A J Mohammad Ali placed argument for Khaleda Zia,
while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan appeared for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Khaleda filed the revision petition with the High Court on September 27 challenging the legality of a trial court decision to continue the proceedings of the case in her absence.
In the petition, she sought a stay on the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust case and also prayed to the High Court to issue a rule upon the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the State to explain as to why the lower court decision to run the trial of the case in her absence should not be scrapped.
On September 20, a Dhaka court exempted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from personal appearance and decided to continue the trial of the Zia Charitable Trust case inside Old Dhaka Central Jail in her absence. Khaleda challenges that order in the revision petition.
Earlier, on September 5, Khaleda appeared in the court and said that she would not appear in the court physically again for hearing as she was ill.
Citing from the petition, Khaleda Zia's lawyer told the reporters that the lower court decision to continue the trial proceedings of the case against the BNP chief in her absence is illegal and unconstitutional. The court cannot run the trial of an accused if he or she is physically sick.
He also said, the court has been set up in an abandoned Old Dhaka Central jail and it is unlawful and unconstitutional.

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