Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said the ministry will give its opinion tomorrow on the application that sought a further extension of suspension of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's jail sentence.
"The law ministry will give its opinion on Sunday," he told The Daily Star. The minister, however, did not elaborate further on the issue.
On March 4, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters at the secretariat that "Khaleda Zia's brother Shamim Iskandar filed the appeal on March 2 seeking extension on the stay of his sister's sentence where he also urged to waive her punishment".
The application has been sent to the law ministry, and it will be sent back to the home ministry after getting opinion from the law ministry before it is forwarded to the prime minister, he said.
The government on September 15 last year extended for six months its earlier order that suspended the jail sentence of Khaleda Zia and released her from jail. The home ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on September 15.
The notification said Khaleda will receive treatment at her home and she cannot go abroad during this period.
Khaleda was freed from jail on March 25 last year after the government had suspended her jail sentence for six months. She walked out of jail at a time when the world has been hit by Covid-19 pandemic. She reportedly did not visit any hospital for treatment. However, doctors visited her at home regularly and gave treatment.