"Is there any such provision in any law (that she needs to return to jail for a fresh application)? You're lying and repeating the same thing," Rizvi said pointing at the law minister.

Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas) arranged the programme on the ground floor of BNP's Nayapaltan central office seeking divine blessings for the speedy recovery of Khaleda.

On Tuesday, Anisul Huq told parliament that the government will consider the BNP chairperson's appeal to go abroad for medical treatment if she forwards a fresh petition after returning to jail.

Rizvi said current prime minister and then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and then Awami League general secretary Abul Jalil went abroad for treatment during the rule of Fakhruddin-Moyeenuddin after the 1/11political changeover.

He said another politician ASM Abdur Rob also went abroad from jail for treatment. "There're many such examples."

The BNP leader described the law minister as a cruel man, and said he played many things against Khaleda 'using' the court to appease Sheikh Hasina.

"No one in the world has done such bad things as the law minister. The prime minister and the law minister are getting pleasure seeing the suffering of the BNP chairperson. This is why he wants to make Sheikh Hasina happy by giving references of all kinds of inhuman laws against the BNP leaders."

He warned that people will give a befitting reply by taking to the streets if the government does not shun its 'inhuman and cruel' attitude against Khaleda.

Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, was readmitted to Evercare Hospital on 13 November, six days after she had returned home from the hospital.

On behalf of the family, Khaleda's younger brother, Shamim Iskander, submitted an application to the Home Ministry on 11 November urging the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.

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