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Detained Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina Sunday challenged in the High Court the government's decision to take an extortion case against her under the cover of emergency powers rules. Hasina's attorney barrister Rafique-ul Huq filed a writ appeal with the High Court bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Muminur Rahman and Justice Jubaer Rahman Chowdhury at 1pm. The court will hear the appeal Monday. "I took permission from the court in the morning to file the writ petition," the lawyer told bdnews24.com. Hasina's lawyers said the emergency powers rules cannot cover the alleged incident that had taken place before the state of emergency was clamped. According to the writ petition, inclusion of the extortion case against Hasina in the emergency powers rules was illegal. "She (Hasina) has been named in the FIR with some malafide motive...to harass and humiliate her," the petition alleged. "The case was approved under the emergency powers rules," the petition said, adding it was an "illegal approval". The approval has been given "arbitrarily and without lawful authority", it said. Updates with more details
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