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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

Government demands BNP chief Khaleda to leave her cantonment house by June 30

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 25 May ( The government on Sunday served a third notice on main opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to leave her Dhaka Cantonment house by June 30.

The military lands administrator sending the notice asked her to hand the home over to military lands and cantonments directorate by the stipulated time.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said Khaleda was served with a (second) notice on May 7 and told to reply by 15 days why she should not leave the house. She did not respond by the deadline that ended on May 22.

Mahbubey Alam said, she has been asked in the latest notice to leave the 6 Shaheed Moinul Road residence, Alam said. The High Court on May 18 ordered the government not to force her out of the house until May 25.

The court deferred to May 25 the hearing on the writ and supplementary petitions filed by Khaleda against an executive order.

Military lands and cantonments directorate served Khaleda the (first) notice on April 20 asking her to vacate her cantonment house within 15 days. Tuesday was the deadline to leave the house but Khaleda is not obligated to do so pending appeal.

The cabinet on April 8 cancelled the lease on the house on grounds that the leasing process had been faulty and she violated lease terms.

Three days later Khaleda responded with a legal notice of her own on the government, asking it to withdraw the notice by Tuesday.

The legal notice sent by Khaleda's lawyers said that then the president had allotted Khaleda the house on a yearly rent basis after the assassination of army chief-turned-president Ziaur Rahman on May 30, 1981.

The house was registered on July 13, 1981 and Khaleda along with her family members had been residing at this house for over 27 years, said the notice.

Therefore, it was illegal in the eye of law to be asked to vacate the house by serving a notice, it said.

The notice also said that Khaleda would take further legal steps unless the government notice was withdrawn.

The cabinet on April 8 cancelled the lease on Khaleda's cantonment house saying it was not legal to allocate one person the lease of two houses simultaneously.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina earlier requested the opposition chief in parliament to leave the house for building flats for the army officers slain in the February 25-26 BDR mutiny.

-Asian Tribune-

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