Khaleda denied bail in Zia Charitable Trust Graft Case
The Appellate Division has rejected the bail petition of BNP chief Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A six-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Thursday after hearing on the bail filed by the BNP chairperson.
The court announced,"Khaleda's petition is dismissed.The decision was taken unanimously. A medical board of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) will take necessary steps for advanced treatment if she agrees.
Senior lawyers Zainul Abedin and Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Khaleda, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state and Khurshed Alam for the ACC.UNB adds: On November 28, the six-member Appellate Division bench deferred the hearing on the bail petition in the case until December 5.
It had also asked the medical board formed to treat the BNP chairperson to submit a health report before the court on December 5.
Khaleda had moved the apex court on November 14 challenging a High Court order that had turned down her bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The High Court on September 11 rejected Khaleda’s bail petition in the case. Her bail petitions were turned down twice earlier on July 31 and September 3.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on October 29 last year. Khaleda later moved the High Court.
The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8 last year after she was sentenced to jail for five years in a separate corruption case.
Khaleda Zia is currently being treated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.