BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko--all three in detention now--yesterday filed three separate writ petitions with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of filing and continuing the cases against them.
Khaleda and Arafat in their petitions questioned the validity of the government move bringing the graft case against them under the emergency power rules (EPR). The accused has no right to bail once the charges are under the EPR. An ACC deputy director filed the case against the former premier and her younger son on September 2 on charges of corruption in awarding Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Co Ltd (Gatco) the contract for container management at the Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD) and the Chittagong Port ICD yards.
Counsels for Khaleda argued that the government's bringing the case under EPR is illegal. They also alleged that due procedures have not been followed in the process. According to the petition, the charges based on an incident that had taken place before the state of emergency was declared cannot be brought under the EPR. Besides, the ACC cannot give approval for filing such a case.