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11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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HC order on Khaleda bail plea today

STAFF REPORTER

The High Court (HC) will pass its order today (Sunday) on a bail petition filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the lower court verdict that sentenced her to five years of imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. According to Sunday’s cause list, the HC bench—comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim—has kept the matter as Item No. 1 for passing its order on the bail petition. Earlier, on Thursday, the HC bench fixed the date for passing its order when Khaleda’s lawyer advocate Zainul Abedin prayed to it to pass an order on the bail petition.

On February 22, the HC bench had asked the special trial court, which sentenced the BNP chief to a five-year jail term in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, to submit all the case documents related to the verdict within 15 days.

Talking to this correspondent, the bench assistant of the special court, Mokarram Hossain, said, “The Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka will send the records of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to the High Court by Sunday morning.

“We have completed all the proceedings to send the case records to the HC. However, we could not send these to the HC as the office time has ended. We will send it to the HC on Sunday morning,” he added.

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. The fine order against the BNP chief was later stayed.

Earlier, on February 25, after hearing Khaleda’s bail petition, the same bench of the HC 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 Akhtaruzzaman 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 more than 11 days to provide the certified copies of the verdict to Khaleda on February 19. The BNP chief would have already 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.

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