A Cumilla court has rejected the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case over the killing of eight people in an arson attack on a bus in 2015.
Cumilla Additional District and Session Judge Mohammad Ali Akbar passed the order on Monday and fixed February 25 for hearing on charge-framing in the case.
Earlier on January 23, the High Court asked the lower court concerned to dispose of the petition filed seeking bail for the BNP chief within February 4.
The hearing on the bail petition in the case was deferred four times due to various reasons, according to a UNB report.
On January 16, a court deferred the hearing on charge framing and bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the case.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jagmohanpur in Chauddagram upazila of Cumilla on February 3, 2015 during the BNP-led alliance's movement.
Later, two cases were filed against Khaleda Zia in this connection.