Dhaka, 11 Mar, Abnews: The High Court has set Monday to pass necessary order on the bail petition filed by the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The verdict was scheduled to pass today but the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim deferred the date as the case record from the lower court is yet to reach to the HC.
The 15-day time given to the lower court for sending the case record will expire today. The HC bench said it will wait till the date expires.
The court said that it will pass an order on the bail petition around 2pm on Monday upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.
Trial Court steno typist Mokarram Hossain on Thursday said the documents relating to the case are likely to reach at the High Court on Sunday.
On Feb 8, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fines her Tk 2 crore for financial irregularities in the Zia Orphanage Trust.
The makeshift court delivered the verdict amid tight security. It also awarded 10 years of imprisonment to five others including her son Tarique Rahman.
Khaleda was present in the court at the time of pronouncing the verdict.
The court also fined Tk 2.10 crore each in the politically significant case ahead of the parliamentary election.
After Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Khaleda is the second head of the government convicted in a graft case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman. Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.