The judge of the Dhaka court dealing with the Gen Manzoor murder case has been transferred only a week before the verdict in the case is to be delivered.
Hosne Ara Aktar of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court was transferred on Sunday. She was replaced by Judge Khondker Hasan Mahmud Firoz.
Asaduzzaman Khan Rochi, public prosecutor of the court, told The Daily Star that the delivery of the judgment slated for February 10 may be deferred, as the new judge being unaware of the case contents may hear arguments of both sides on several dates.
Former military dictator Gen HM Ershad, now special envoy of the prime minister, is the main accused in the case.
The four other accused are Maj Gen (retd) Abdul Latif, Lt Col (retd) Mostafa Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan, Lt Col (retd) Shamsur Rahman Shams and Maj (retd) Kazi Emdadul Haq.
The proceedings against Latif and Shamsur have been stayed by the High Court.
Maj Gen Abul Manzoor was killed at Chittagong Cantonment on June 1, 1981, just two days after the assassination of the then president Ziaur Rahman.
Manzoor, who was commander of Sector-8 during the Liberation War, was believed to have executed the abortive Chittagong coup in which Zia was killed.