ACC's petitions sent to SC regular bench

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13 March, 2018 16:02 PM

ACC's petitions sent to SC regular bench

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The Supreme Court chamber judge has sent the two separate petitions seeking a stay on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail order to the regular bench of the Appellate Division for hearing.

Chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique passed the order on Tuesday after hearing the two separate petitions filed by the state and the Anti-Corruption Commission seeking a stay on the High Court order that granted a four-month bail to Khaleda Zia.

Earlier on Monday, Khaleda Zia, who was convicted and imprisoned in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case, has secured bail for four months.

An HC bench comprising of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order on health ground.

After the verdict, former BNP law minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed said: "Begum Zia's conviction in the case was politically motivated. We filed an appeal challenging the verdict and sought bail for her. The court today granted her bail on four grounds. 

"The state, on the other hand, urged the HC to stay the bail order for two days but the court rejected the plea."

"We hope that she will be freed soon and return among us," he added. 

Earlier in the day, the HC bench received 5373-page case records while on Sunday the relevant section of the HC received the records around 1pm.

On February 8, Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment after it had found her and five others guilty in the graft case.

The court also awarded jail sentences to Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, and four others for 10 years and fined them Tk 2.10 crore, saying that all the six convicts have to pay the fine in equal amounts.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the graft case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008, accusing the six of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that came from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.