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Supreme Court upholds bail for Khaleda Zia

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-05-16 09:19:07 BdST

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The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court’s bail order for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.

The Appellate Division delivered its verdict on Wednesday on two appeals against the High Court’s bail order.

The bail, however, does not allow Khaleda to get freedom from jail so soon, as she is named as an arrestee in other cases, lawyers said.

On Khaleda’s freedom from jail, BNP lawyer Moudud Ahmed said: “We have to try to seek bail in other cases for that. We’ll try hard to secure the bail as early as possible. As the Appellate Division upheld the High Court order, it would be easy to get the bail in other cases.”

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters that the Appellate Division has ordered the court to settle the appeal by July 31. “We must follow the order. We’ll request the court that we are getting ready to begin hearing the appeal.”

Khaleda is facing 36 cases, BNP’s Legal Affairs Secretary Kayser Kamal told She has been summoned to appear on Jun 7 in two cases now proceeding in the Comilla court.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the state will take preparation as soon as possible for the High Court hearing.

Asked to comment on Khaleda’s four-month bail, he said: “The four months will be counted from the day when the court granted her bail. And the days when the bail was stayed in the Appellate Division will be deducted from the four-month period.”

On any other legal step to challenge the bail verdict of the top court, Khan said, “I have informed the commission. We’ll go for the next step in line with the commission’s decision.”

According to the latest order by the top court, the High Court will now resolve by July 31 Khaleda’s appeal that sought to overturn her conviction and a five-year jail term in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.  

The High Court on Mar 12 granted an interim bail to Khaleda who was jailed on Feb 8 after a trial court convicted her.

Later, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the government challenged the High Court order, taking their appeals to the Appellate Division.

The BNP chief has been in the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road after she was convicted of embezzling funds meant for orphans.