SC order on Khaleda's bail in graft case Wednesday
Published : 15 May 2018, 17:57:45
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday set May 16 to pass its order on appeal against the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain reset the date after hearing Attorney General Mahbubey Alam afresh
Earlier on May 8 and 9, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan, defence counsels AJ Mohammad Ali, advocate Joynul Abedin and Khandaker Mahbub Hossain argued for their respective cases.
The High Court on March 12 granted four-month bail to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, in which the former prime minister has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.
But on March 19, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed till May 8 the High Court order, granting two leave to appeal petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state against the bail.
The Appellate Division also asked the state, ACC and the defence to submit concise statements on their respective appeals in the case within two weeks
and set May 8 for holding hearing on the matter.
Earlier on February 22, the High Court asked Dhaka Special Judge Court-5, which convicted Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, to send the case documents within 15 days.
Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 on February 8 convicted Khaleda Zia and five others in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
It also sentenced other five accused, including Khaleda's elder son and BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10-year imprisonment each.
The other accused are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, and Khaleda's nephew Mominur
Rahman. The court also fined the convicts Taka 2.10 crore each for their role in the scam.-BSS