Friday, December 14, 2018

SC to hear pleas seeking to freeze Khaleda’s bail Wednesday

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-03-13 15:52:25 BdST


The Appellate Division is expected to hear the petitions on Wednesday seeking to freeze the bail granted to BNP chief Khaleda Zia.

The chamber judge heard the pleas by the state and the Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday, but refrained from issuing an order and forwarded the matters to the full appellate bench instead.

A three-time prime minister, Khaleda is serving a five-year prison term since Feb 8 when a Dhaka court convicted her of misusing international donations meant for an orphanage.

The High Court granted her a four-month interim bail on Monday.

On Tuesday, the attorney general’s office and the graft watchdog moved the Supreme Court’s chamber judge against the decision.

The state had argued that the appeal would be heard quickly and so there would be no need for bail, but the High Court granted bail on four grounds:

1.  Precedent of granting bail in case of a five-year jail term.

2.  The case documents are with the court, but proceeding for an appeal hearing are yet to complete, allowing the convict to be granted bail.

3.  Khaleda was out on bail during the trial and appeared in hearings in line with the court’s order.

4.  The convict’s age and health conditions.

The court also ordered the paperbook for the appeal hearing to be made within the time of her bail.

Either side can submit an appeal for hearing when the paperbook is ready, the court said.