Dhaka, 2 July, Abnews: The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Monday stayed bail granted to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by the High Court Division in a case filed in Cumilla.
A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order. The court also issued a rule to settle the issue within four weeks.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state while Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and AJ Mohammad Ali moved for Khaleda Zia.
On May 28, the High Court granted bail for six months to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases filed in Cumilla.
Later, the government filed a petition with the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the bail order.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
Two cases were filed against Khaleda in this connection.
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