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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Bangladesh opposition BNP to go for further legal action if govt. doesn’t reply to Khaleda’s legal notice

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 28 April (Asiantribune.com): Leaders of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday said they would take further legal action if the government does not reply to the notice issued by BNP chief Khaleda Zia over her Dhaka Cantonment house.

On the other hand , law minister Shafiq Ahmed yesterday told reporters that the government would not respond to the notice, and the law would take its own course if Khaleda does not vacate the house within the given 15 days deadline.

Khaleda responded on April 23 to the government's notice to vacate her residence with a legal notice of her own. Khaleda's lawyer Mahbubuddin Khokan sent the notice through courier service and registered post giving the government five days to withdraw its notice.

BNP’s top leader barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday told reporters after attending a roundtable discussion in Dhaka that they will go ahead with the issue after the party makes a decision in case of a no response from relevant authorities.

He added that the BNP would also continue street protests to press home the demand of withdrawing the government notice.

The Cantonment Board Monday afternoon served the notice on Khaleda to vacate the 6 Shahid Moinul road house by 15 days.

Earlier on April 8 the cabinet cancelled the lease on the house citing legal faults.

Afterwards, Cantonment Board on Monday served notice to main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia, also widow of slain army-chief-turned-president Ziaur Rahman, to vacate the 6 Moinul Road residence in Dhaka Cantonment by 15 days.

The BNP in a quick reaction termed it was purely an expression of political vendetta and vowed to face the notice politically and also legally.

Sheikh Hasina told parliament at the start of this month that she would ask the opposition leader to vacate the house and that blocks of apartments would be built in the prime land for families of army officers killed in the 25-26 February BDR mutiny.

Hasina has also said the cantonment authorities allocated the house to Khaleda violating Cantonment Board laws.

-Asian Tribune-

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