SC halts Khaleda’s bail in Cumilla case
Published : Monday, 1 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 213
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed till April 7 a High Court (HC) order that granted six-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over the killing of eight people in a petrol bomb attack on a bus in Cumilla in 2016.
The Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing a leave-to-appeal petition filed by the government challenging the HC order of bail.
The Judge also sent the petition to the full bench of the Appellate Division to be heard on April 7, Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah told journalists. Khaleda Zia cannot get released from jail following the SC Chamber Judge's order, he added.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued for the government while Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister Kayser Kamal appeared for Khaleda Zia.
Earlier, an HC bench comprising Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman on March 6 granted six months' bail to Khaleda and also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why she will not be granted permanent bail in the case.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured as unidentified pickets hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram upazila during countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led alliance.
Khaleda Zia was made accused of ordering the attack and two cases were filed against her with Chauddagram Police Station in this connection.
On February 4, Cumilla Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Ali Akbar rejected the bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the case.
"Her bail pleas for Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases are being processed. A bail hearing has been held in another defamation case in Dhaka, but we're yet to receive the court order," Khaleda's another lawyer Ehsanur Rahman said.
Khaleda Zia was landed in Old Dhaka central jail on February 8 last year after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The HC on October 30 of 2018 enhanced her punishment to 10 years' imprisonment in the same case.
Besides, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was also convicted in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case and sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a special court on October 29 last year.