Dhaka, 29 May, Abnews: The High Court will pass its orders on Thursday on the bail petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two other defamation cases.
A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim fixed the date on Tuesday after partially hearing the petitions, reports the UNB.
Deputy Attorney General Aminul Islam Manik said the court will deliver its orders after hearing Attorney General Mahbubey Alam’s arguments.
Earlier, on Monday, the High Court granted six-month interim bail to the BNP Chairperson in the two cases and rejected the bail petition in a defamation case filed in Narail.
Soon after the HC order, the government filed a petition with the Appellate Division challenging it.
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 May 19, the HC granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers appealed for permission.
The Appellate Division earlier on May 18 upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted 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.