BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina should be brought before the court as an accused as her [BNP] government just maintained continuation of the previous government's [Awami League] deal with Niko.
At the courtroom, sitting on a wheelchair, Khaleda said she was produced before it despite being sick.
During hearing on the case's charge framing against 11 accused including Khaleda, she made the plea. The judge rejected it, saying Hasina's name was not included in the case.
At the outset of the hearing, Barrister Moudud Ahmed started placing arguments involving Hasina. Judge Md Mahmudul Kabir of Special Judge Court-9 of Dhaka asked him to stop involving Hasina's name in the case as she was not included as an accused.
At one stage, Khaleda asked the court, “Why are you stopping him from placing submissions involving Hasina? Allow him to place those mentioned in the case statement.”
Meanwhile, Khaleda's lawyer Sanaullah Miah submitted a petition to allow him and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to discuss with Khaleda about her health condition for 30 minutes, but the court dismissed the appeal. It then fixed November 14 for the next hearing.
Around 11:40am, a black SUV of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, carrying the BNP chairperson, reached the old central jail. Khaleda was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on October 6, following a High Court order.
“Her health condition is quite stable,” said Brig Gen Abdullah Al Harun, director (hospital) of BSMMU, after Khaleda was shifted to the jail yesterday.
The medical board discharged her as her condition has improved, he told reporters, rejecting BNP's allegation of shifting Khaleda without a discharge certificate.
Asked whether Khaleda is well enough to walk, the director said, “We are hopeful [about it].”
In response to a query whether Khaleda is in good health now, he said, “We have tried our level best to heal her.” Her MRI and X-ray reports are satisfactory, and nothing unusual was found in the CT scan report, he added.
Her treatment will continue as her main illness -- rheumatoid arthritis -- is not entirely curable.
The board will provide her with a follow-up treatment if she gets admitted to the hospital or by visiting her at the jail, upon receiving an order from the authorities concerned, said BSMMU doctors.
Asked whether Khaleda's health complexity stated by her doctors from time to time is baseless, Brig Gen Harun said, “Those are not unfounded. They [doctors] did not say anything baseless. They said what they saw in the jail.”