Gayeshwar Chandra Roy has warned that the consequences will be “extremely bad” if a “negative verdict” in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case is delivered against BNP chief Khaleda Zia.
The senior BNP leader also said any such verdict would mark the beginning of the fall of the government.
He was addressing a discussion at National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday.
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Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP platform, organized the program marking the third death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP founder and late president Ziaur Rahman.
A disastrous situation may be created in the country if Khaleda is convicted, no matter whether BNP announces any protest program or not, said the BNP Standing Committee member.
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On Thursday, the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed February 8 to deliver its verdict on the corruption case against Khaleda and five others.
On July 3, 2008, during the quasi-military regime of Fakhruddin Ahmed, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the corruption case, accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating over Tk2.10 crore that had come as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
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Khaleda will be disqualified for the next general elections, slated for December, if she is convicted in the case.
Gayeshwar said people would come up with a befitting reply if the government tries to take political revenge on Khaleda by using the court.
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He alleged that ruling Awami League is making various plots to keep their party away from the polls as it has no ability to contest against BNP.
About the forthcoming presidential election slated for February 18, he claimed that though the president’s post is very important, people have no interest in the polls as the president “has no power to play any role during a crisis moment.”