SC stays Khaleda’s bail till May 8
Published : Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 470
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday stayed until May 8 the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was sentenced to five years' imprisonment.
"It means Khaleda cannot get released from jail till May 8," Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told the Daily Observer following the SC order.
The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after allowing ACC and the government to file regular appeal petitions with it challenging the HC's bail order.
"Leave is granted and stay," said the apex court and asked the ACC and government to submit concise statements on the appeal in two weeks after receiving the leave granting order. The SC set May 8 for holding hearing on the appeal petitions.
After passing the order, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said all the four judges of the Apex Court passed the order unanimously after examining the records of the case.
The HC on March 12 granted four-month bail to the BNP chairperson in the case, in which she was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
The SC on March 14 had stayed the HC order till March 18. Hearing on the leave to appeal petitions concluded on Sunday and the SC set Monday for passing its order.
On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Judge's Court-5 sentenced Khaleda Zia to five-year imprisonment in the graft case.
It also sentenced five other accused, including Khaleda's elder son and BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10-year imprisonment each.
The other persons convicted in the graft case are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Khaleda's nephew Mominur Rahman.