Former Bangladesh premier to challenge eviction notice

May 3rd, 2009 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Sheikh Hasina Dhaka, May 3 (DPA) Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia has challenged a government notice requiring her to vacate her lease-hold residence in the Dhaka cantonment, officials said Sunday.
The Dhaka High Court will listen to the petition seeking to overturn the government eviction notice early next week. Notice to vacate the cantonment house by May 5 was served to Zia in April in line with a cabinet decision of the Awami League-led ruling alliance of Sheikh Hasina Wazed.

Zia, now the opposition leader in parliament and chairperson of the mainstream opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was awarded the lease of the house as the widow of president Ziaur Rahman, who was assassinated in a military coup in May 1981.

Zia, who was elected as prime minister of the country for two five-year terms, was also granted a second home in Dhaka’s Gulshan area, but prefers to reside in the cantonment residence.

Political opponents have long criticised Zia for running political activities from inside the cantonment.

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