Dhaka, 18 Mar, Abnews: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on Monday on leave to appeal petitions challenging BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail that the High Court granted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A four-member appellate bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date concluding its hearing on two petitions filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state and another filed by Khaleda Zia seeking withdrawal of stay on bail order.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan opposed the bail to BNP chief while senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda Zia during the hearing in the court.
On March 15, the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission filed separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order that granted a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.
The HC on March 12 granted 4 months’ bail to Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. She was given bail on four grounds: a short sentencing of five years, health condition, her facing trial proceedings and that the case records have reached the High Court.
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 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.