Bangla HC rejects `no trust` petition by Zia

B’desh HC on Wednesday rejected a "no trust" petition by opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia seeking referral of her writ to another bench.

Dhaka: Bangladesh High Court on Wednesday
rejected a "no trust" petition by opposition BNP chief Khaleda
Zia seeking referral of her writ to another bench challenging
a government order scrapping the lease agreement of her posh
cantonment residence allotted to her nearly three decades ago.

"The petition is rejected," said the order of the
bench comprising judges Imman Ali and Obaidul Hasan as Zia?s
counsel moved the petition saying she "doubted" of getting
proper justice from the bench.

Zia`s counsel Moudud Ahmed also called for referral of
her writ petition to the chief justice to be sent to another

The bench, however, adjourned for a week the hearing
on the writ petition as Zia`s lawyers said they would file an
appeal against the rejection before the apex Appellate
Division of the Supreme Court.

"As you (the judges) have already rejected her
petition (earlier) for adjournment of the hearing, my client
(Zia) fears that she may not get justice from this bench,"
Zia`s another lawyer A M Mahbubuddin Khokon had yesterday told
the court after submitting the petition.

He also sought the court to refer the case to the
Chief Justice for the referral to another bench.

The bench rejected the plea as the petition came up
for hearing today.

On March 18, Zia filed a similar application to
another High Court bench on a similar ground when the bench
referred the matter to the chief justice who sent the case to
the current bench of Ali and Hassan.

But Zia`s lawyers staged noisy protests on April 11 in
the courtroom accusing the judges of being "partisan" for
rejecting their plea for adjournment of hearing in the writ

Zia`s archrival and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s
Awami League-led government last year asked her to vacate the
posh residence on an area of 2.72 acres of land at the Dhaka
Cantonment, which she was allotted 29 years ago under a
controversial lease agreement.

The cabinet on April 8, 2009 cancelled the lease on
grounds that the leasing process had been faulty and she
violated lease terms while the subsequent notices furthermore
said she was carrying out political activities from the house
located in a "protected area".

The authorities in May last year issued a third notice
upon Zia asking her to leave the house by June 30 surrendering
its possession to the military estate officer of the Dhaka

Zia filed the writ petition on May 3, 2009,
challenging the notice.


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