Dhaka, 28 May, Abnews:The High Court on Monday granted bail for six months to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases of Cumilla and rejected the bail petition in a defamation suit of Narail.
A bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hasan came up with the order, reports UNB.
The HC had fixed the date for delivering order today, Monday, after hearing relevant petitions on Sunday.
Of the cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on defamation charges.
On 19 May, the HC granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers appealed for permission.
The Appellate Division earlier on 18 May upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail as she was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.
The BNP chairperson is now facing a total of 36 cases.
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.