The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has extended until May 8 its earlier order that stayed the High Court bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after hearing arguments on the petitions on Monday (today).
Private TV channel News24, a sister concern of the Bangla daily Kalerkantho, has confirmed the news.
The Appellate Division on March 14 also stayed till March 18 the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in the case.
The Supreme Court had fixed Monday (today) to deliver its order on four separate petitions over the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The same bench of the Appellate Division headed by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed the date after hearing arguments on the petitions yesterday.
Two of the petitions were filed challenging the HC order and two others to vacate the SC’s stay order on the HC ruling.
The attorney general’s office and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday filed two leave-to-appeal petitions with the SC challenging the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda.
The petitions also sought extension of the SC order that stayed the bail order until Sunday.
Earlier on March 14, Khaleda Zia filed two petitions with the SC seeking the apex court's order to vacate its stay order.
On February 8, the BNP chief was sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The court also sentenced Khaleda’s eldest son and BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 2.10 crore each.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008, accusing the six of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that had come from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.