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Court asks why Khaleda’s bail won’t be declared illegal

A court here on Sunday issued a show cause notice seeking explanation as to why the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia won’t be declared illegal in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 issued the show cause notice asking the lawyers of BNP chairperson to respond it within October 7.

The court also cancelled the bail application of another accused in the case Monirul Islam and sent him to jail while the other accused Ziaul Islam Munna was already in jail.

Earlier, the lawyers of Khaleda filed a bail application and informed the court that a revision petition has been filed with the High Court challenging the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda.

The court also disapproved the no-confidence motion of two accused which were filed on September 24 and set October 7 to pass its order regarding the revision petition filed with HC.

Meanwhile, ACC lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol filed plea seeking bail cancellation of three accused including Khaleda and sought a date for pronouncing its verdict in the case.

The BNP chairperson is now at the Old Central Jail, serving five years’ rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.

On September 4, the makeshift court of Bakshibazar was shifted at the Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Khaleda in jail.

On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

source: UNB