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Khaleda bail petition hearing on hold

WT24 Desk

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the leave-to-appeal petitions challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail granted by the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, till Wednesday, UNB reports.

The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, heard the case.

On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail.

The SC also allowed the state and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda.

On 8 February, a Dhaka court convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. She was then taken to now abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.

She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March.

On 15 March, the ACC and the State filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail secured from the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the case.

Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers to bring the matter of her ‘serious illness’ to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Tuesday as they went to meet her on 5 May.

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