Plea seeks High Court’s order on overseas treatment for Khaleda

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Court likely to hear the matter on Tuesday

A petition has been filed with the High Court seeking its order on measures to allow BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to travel abroad for advanced medical treatment.

In his public interest litigation (PIL) plea submitted on Monday, Supreme Court lawyer Md Eunus Ali Akond argued that there was no bar to allow the former prime minister to go abroad on humanitarian grounds in line with the Section 401 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

The writ petition will be placed before the court on Tuesday for a hearing, Akond told the media.

The BNP has been demonstrating for the past few weeks demanding its chief to be allowed to go overseas for treatment.
The 76-year-old former prime minister is now admitted to Dhaka’s Evercare Hospital. She is out of jail through a government executive order suspending her sentence in a graft case.

Her family filed petitions to allow her to travel abroad for treatment, but the government said that she must return to jail first to apply for permission.

Law Minister Anisul Huq said earlier since Khaleda has been temporarily released on parole, there is no provision in the law to allow her to travel abroad now. If she goes back to jail and re-applies, the government may consider it.

The BNP claims that the government can easily grant Khaleda the permission if it wants, but is refusing to do so.

The government, however, said earlier this month that it was looking for legal scopes
Speaking to the media in Dhaka on December 5, the law minister said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has considered the issues of Khaleda Zia’s treatment from a humanitarian aspect. Two applications for allowing Khaleda Zia to go abroad have been rejected earlier. Now, we are examining whether there is any scope in this regard. Decision would be made examining all the aspects so that the law is not violated,” he said.

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