Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – A legal notice has been severed on the government to revoke the gazette notification shifting the special court to old Central Jail for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
BNP chief’s lawyer Barrister Nawshad Jamir sent the legal notice to the law secretary by post on Wednesday noon.
Talking to UNB, Barrister Nawshad Jamir said he sent the legal notice seeking cancellation of the gazette notification on the shifting of the court within September 8.
He also said they will take recourse to law if necessary legal steps are not taken in this connection.
According to the legal notice, the government’s decision to use a room of the administrative building of the old Central Jail as a temporary court is motivated and the misuse of section 9 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On Tuesday, the government decided to hold the trial of the BNP chairperson in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case at central jail in old part of the city after setting a temporary court there.
The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard.
The notice said that the place of Special Judge Court-5 where the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust case were in progress have now been shifted to the administrative building of the central jail in Old Dhaka for security reason.
The Special Judge Court-5 has been hearing the case in the makeshift court on Government Alia Madrasah premises in Bakshibazar.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.