Staff Correspondent: The Supreme Court (SC) fixed Sunday for the hearing of a petition filed for seeking withdrawal of the stay order of the SC’s Appellate Division on a four-month interim bail granted by the High Court (HC) to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Appellate Division chamber judge justice Hasan Foez Siddique set the date for the hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
Lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali along with Barrister Kaiser Kamal stood for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state and lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan stood for Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the hearing in the court.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court stayed until Sunday a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
On March 12, the High Court granted the four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia. Advocate Sufia Khatun filed a petition on behalf of the state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan lodged another one on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission the following day, seeking a stay on the High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on February 22 last filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. On the day, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.
On February 25, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court said it would pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
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