The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the High Court order that granted bail for BNP Chief Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The apex court also ordered to dissolve an appeal that challenged the 5-year jail sentence for her, by July 31.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hussain announced the verdict today.
BSS: Earlier, on Tuesday the Appellate Division set today to pass its judgment in the appeal case, as it heard the arguments of Attorney General Mahbubey Alam again.
Earlier on May 8 and 9, the chief state counsel, ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan, defence counsels AJ Mohammad Ali, advocate Joynul Abedin and Khandaker
Mahbub Hossain placed their arguments 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-year 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 ACC and the state against the bail.
The Appellate Division also asked the state, ACC and the defence to submit the concise statements on their respective appeals in the case within two weeks and set May 8 for holding hearing in 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
The court also fined the convicts Taka 2.10 crore for their role in the scam.
Meanwhile, Khaleda's counsel and former law minister Barrister Maudud Ahmed said as his client is yet to secure bail in some more cases filed against her, she will not be able to come out of jail right now.