Khaleda bail stayed till May 8

Khaleda bail stayed till May 8

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Dhaka, March 19 – A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday passed order granting two separate leave-to- appeal petitions filed on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the State challenging the bail order, earlier passed by the High Court.ACC’s lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told newsmen that the Appellate Division will hear on the appeals against the High Court order of bail on May 8.
Following Monday’s apex court order, Khaleda Zia cannot get release from the prison till May 8. While the ACC and the government are allowed by the Appellate Division to move separate appeals before the court against the High Court order on Khaleda Zia’s bail. Besides, the court instructed the ACC and state to submit statements in concise form on the appeal by two weeks after receiving the leave granting order.
Khaleda Zia also has been asked to submit concise statement on the appeal in two weeks after the ACC and prosecution file their concise statements. A concise statement contains points on which the lawyer place arguments on the appeals before the court.
After the order, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said all the four judges of the Apex Court passed the order unanimously examining the records of the case.
Barrister Kayser Kamal, a lawyer for Khaleda Zia told newsmen that it is unprecedented that the Supreme Court did not assign any reason for granting leave-to- appeal petition filed by the ACC and government against the High Court order of bail.
Khaleda landed in prison on February 8 after she was awarded the five-year imprisonment by the Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka for misappropriating fund of the Zia Orphanage Trust.
The High Court on March 12 granted her four months’ bail on four grounds including: a short sentence of five years and health condition.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking rescheduling the hearing date on the plea against Khaleda Zia’s bail. The BNP Chairperson’s lawyer Barrister Jamir Uddin Sirker moved the petition citing that the apex court would go to vacation from April 13 and would not return until May 6.
“She (Khaleda) has been suffering in the prison and she is physically sick,” he told newsmen. “The hearing needs to be held before the apex court goes into vacation”, he added.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said that the court has fixed May 8 for hearing the appeal and it will hear it on the day without any failure and adjournment. The court will conclude the hearing of the appeal by May 9, the CJ added. – Special Correspondent

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