Staff Reporter :
The High Court on Sunday dropped from the cause list the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the government’s move to hold trial in 17 cases against her inside the Keraniganj Central Jail.
The HC bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order as it has no jurisdiction to hear the writ over a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.
He said the hearing might take place at the bench concerned.
Opposing him, BNP chairperson’s counsel AJ Muhammad Ali said although the case was filed by the ACC, the writ challenged government’s move to shift the court which has no link with the anti-graft body.
On May 28, Barrister Kayser Kamal filed the writ petition on behalf of the former prime minister.
The Law Ministry on May 13 issued separate gazette notifications about setting up a makeshift court inside Keraniganj jail and holding trial in 17 cases against Khaleda there.
The newly-constructed building-2 of the central jail was declared the makeshift court as per the sub-section 2 of section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Khaleda, a former prime minister, has been in jail since February last year after she was convicted of corruption. Her party claims that the cases against her are politically motivated and accuses the government of plotting to keep her out of national politics – a charge the government denies.unb