Supreme Court hearing on Khaleda Zia’s bail plea Thursday

Dhaka, Dec 12 – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case on Thursday.On December 5, the top court deferred the hearing until December 12 and asked the medical board formed to treat Khaleda to submit a report on her health condition.
A six-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam sought time to file the report.
On November 28, the six-member Appellate bench deferred the hearing on the bail petition until December 5. It had also asked the medical board to submit a health report before the court on December 5.
Khaleda moved the apex court on November 14 challenging a High Court Division order that had turned down her bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The High Court on September 11 rejected her bail petition. Khaleda’s bail plea had been turned down twice before – on July 31 and September 3.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on October 29 last year. Khaleda later moved the High Court.
The former prime minister has been in jail since February 8 last year after she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in a separate corruption case.
Khaleda Zia is currently being treated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. – UNB