Two courts in Dhaka issued warrants for arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday for her failure to appear during hearing of a defamation suit and a graft case.
One of the warrants has been issued for not responding to a court summon in a defamation case, chief prosecutor Abdullah Abu said.
The second warrant was issued by a special anti-graft court as Khaleda Zia did not appear before it during the hearing.
Khaleda, who is spending time with his son Tarique Rahman and his family members in London, skipped the hearing.
Judge Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order and fixed October 19 for hearing arguments in Zia orphanage graft case.
On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Ramna Police Station, accusing Khaleda, Tarique and four others of misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore.
Meanwhile, Metropolitan Magistrate Nur Nabi issued a warrant for arrest of Khaleda Zia as she failed to appear in the court.
The court sent two co-accused Saleemul Huq Kamal and Sharfuddin Ahmed to jail, canceling their ad-interim bail.
Earlier in the week, another court issued an arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia in a case filed over a petrol bomb attack on a bus in Comilla during her party’s anti-government movement in 2015.