Political rumors will do no good
Two days have passed after BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been sent to prison following her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case along with several others. The verdict has been implemented through a lengthy and often chaotic legal processes manned by Khaleda's own lawyers on one side while the government attorneys on the other. People all over the country followed the proceedings with keen interest and especially those in the BNP, with deep concern. So far, the countrywide excitement has been quite natural since a topmost political leader was facing music over corruption and abuse of power. Moreover, the case study revealed that Khaleda, a former prime minister, her son Tarique Rahman, who is also senior vice-chairman of the BNP, and their cohorts have allegedly embezzled funds donated from overseas for Bangladeshi orphans - and doggedly tried to live with it for years. This is a serious crime and so the Special Court sentenced Khaleda to five years' in prison and the others to ten years each along with a hefty fine.
But what surprises us is the circulation of false rumors erupting following the court verdict and a tendency by the concerned authorities not to treat a criminal as criminal or call a spade a spade. Within hours after Khaleda had been shifted to an old prison in the capital, her close relatives rushed to meet her with foods and words of consolation. Quickly afterwards, the jail authorities fixed TV cables, Internet and other modern gadgets to the room Khaleda Zia has been allotted to live in. She may be there for a few days or longer if she receives no bail from the court anytimesoon.
One senior BNP lawyer and former minister who went to see Khaleda in her prison cell came out grim faced and told reporters 'madam was served poor quality food', others either nodded to him or remained silent.
It is indeed sad to see a former prime minister almost flooring in the cell and virtually doing nothing but looking out of the window. simultaneously, it is also unexpected for many to think that one who have been accused and convicted of embezzling funds meant for orphans' would get the top VIP treatment. If she receives VIP treatment we have no objection but we don't expect the media to get involved in circulating rumors and false speculations.
Let's wait and observe how things move over the next few days, and like many others we would also be happy if Khaleda gets bail and her punishment is eased. But putting the cart before the horse is sometimes harmful and we should keep this in mind. And, stop making wild assumptions and speculations! Let the law follow its own course.