Dhaka, 5 April, Abnews: A Dhaka court on Thursday again extended until April 22 the bail of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order following a petition filed by the BNP chief’s lawyers.
However, the BNP chairperson was not produced before the court from jail on Thursday as she was ill, said her lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah.
However, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal filed a petition seeking to continue the hearing of the case through video conference as the BNP Chairperson was ill.
Earlier on March 28, the same court extended until April 5 the bail of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the graft case.
On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail, granted by the High Court, till 8 May in the graft case.
The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda, fixing 8 May for next hearing.
On 12 March, the High Court granted a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia.
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.
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.