The Supreme Court today stayed until May 8 the High Court order that granted bail to Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case in which she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after granting two separate leave-to-appeal petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the government challenging the High Court’s bail order, local media reports said.
The Supreme Court will hold hearing on the appeals against the High Court bail order on May 8. Following today’s Supreme Court order, Khaleda cannot get released from jail till May 8. It means the ACC and the government got permission from the Supreme Court to move separate appeals before the court against the High Court order.
The apex court asked the ACC and government to submit concise statements on the appeal in two weeks after receiving the leave granting order. Khaleda has also been asked to submit concise statement on the appeal in two weeks after the ACC and government file their concise statements. A concise statement contains the points on which the lawyer placed arguments on the appeals before the court.
After passing the order, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said all the four judges of the Apex Court passed the order unanimously after examining the records of the case.
Khaleda landed in prison on Feb 8 after she was handed the five-year jail sentence by a Dhaka court for misappropriating a donation fund of the Zia Orphanage Trust.
The HC on Mar 12 granted her four months' bail on four grounds: a short sentence of five years, health condition, her facing trial, and that the case records have reached the court.