Zia Orphanage Trust graft case: Khaleda’s bail order stayed until May 8
The Supreme Court has stayed until May 8 the High Court order which granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A full bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Monday morning.
Earlier on Sunday, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division fixed Monday to deliver its judgment on the leave-to-appeal petitions challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail.
On March 15, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the BNP chief’s bail, which the High Court had granted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
On March 14, the Supreme Court stayed until Sunday a High Court order granting four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
On March 12, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia. On February 22, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. On the day, the High Court 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 the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.