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7 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Khaleda case records likely to reach HC tomorrow

Staff Reporter

The Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka is likely to send the records of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case containing over 2,000 pages to the High Court (HC) tomorrow. The bench assistant of the special court, Mokarram Hossain, told this to The Independent yesterday. He did not elaborate further. After receiving the case records, the HC will pass an order regarding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition. On February 22, the HC had accepted Khaleda’s appeal challenging the trial court verdict sentencing her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case. After staying a fine order against the BNP chief by the special court, an HC

bench of Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Shahidul Karim had fixed February 25 for hearing the BNP chief’s bail petition.

The bench had also asked the special trial court to submit all the case documents related to the verdict within 15 days.

After hearing the bail petition on February 25, however, the same bench kept its order pending until getting the records of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case from the trial court.

On February 20, the BNP chairperson filed an appeal in the HC challenging her sentencing in the graft case.

On February 8, Judge Md Akhtaruzzamn of the special court delivered the verdict in the graft case. Khaleda was sent to Old Central Jail with the conviction warrant after the verdict.

The trial court took over 11 days to provide the certified copies of the verdict to Khaleda on February 19. The BNP chief would have been in jail for a month by the time the court sends the case dockets to the HC on March 8, according to court sources.

The special court also sentenced Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman and four others to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined them Tk. 2.10 crore each in the case.

Also yesterday, Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, who was sentenced to 10 years jail in connection with the graft case, filed an appeal with the related branch of the HC.

Advocate Polash Chandra Roy, counsel for Kamal, told reporters that they have filed an appeal with the HC challenging the lower court’s verdict.

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