Law Minister Anisul Huq said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia must submit an application to the Ministry of Home Affairs if she intends to seek medical treatment abroad.
"I have yet not received any application regarding Khaleda Zia's potential trip abroad for medical purposes. Any such request must be formally submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, which may subsequently consult with the Law Ministry for guidance," he explained during an interaction with the media on Saturday.
"Even after getting sentenced to prison, Khaleda Zia is now enjoying her freedom and receiving quality medical care at Evercare Hospital due to the efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," Anisul Huq added.
Addressing questions concerning the recent anti-government programme announced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the law minister warned that legal action would be taken against anyone who violated the law during the protest.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital in Dhaka, was moved from her cabin to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) on Friday morning. She was later sent back to her cabin at 4:30pm.
The 78-year-old former prime minister has been grappling with several health issues, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, lung, heart, and eye problems.
Earlier on 18 September, Khaleda Zia was initially moved to the CCU at 1:30am but was later returned to her cabin from CCU at 11am the same day, following the advice of her medical board.
Since her conditional release in 2020, Khaleda Zia has been under the care of a medical board led by cardiologist Prof Shahabuddin Talukder at the Evercare Hospital.
Khaleda was sent to the Old Dhaka Jail after a lower court sentenced her to five years imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February 2018.
Later, she was found guilty in another corruption case the same year.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government temporarily freed Khaleda Zia from jail through an executive order suspending her sentence on 25 March 2020, with the condition that she stay in her Gulshan house and not leave the country.