The Supreme Court has deferred for few hours delivering its decision on the appeal against the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chief Khaleda Zia in a graft case.
The four-member bench of the appellate division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain Tuesday came up with the move responding to a plea filed by the attorney-general, who sought permission for holding further arguments.
Earlier, the appellate division bench was set to deliver its decision on the two appeals against Khaleda Zia's HC bail order in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case today.
The government and the ACC had filed two petitions with the court against the HC bail order in the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.
The counsels of both Anti-Corruption Commission and the state completed placing their arguments, praying to the SC to cancel the HC bail order.
On the other hand, Khaleda's lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali placed his arguments in support of the bail order.
During the hearing, ACC lawyer said Khaleda could not be granted bail due to the gravity of the offences she had committed to dealing with the Zia Orphanage Trust.
Meanwhile, the attorney-general said Khaleda committed the offences and therefore, she could not be given bail in the case.
On March 19, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till May 8 in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail.
The SC also allowed the State and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda.
On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
She secured four months' bail from the High Court in the case on March 12.
On March 15, the ACC and the State filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail secured from the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia's bail till May 8 in the case.
Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers to bring the matter of her ‘serious illness’ to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Tuesday as they went to meet her on May 5.