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Chamber judge stays Khaleda bail in Cumilla murder case

Chamber judge stays Khaleda bail in Cumilla murder case

The chamber judge of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed till April 7 a High Court order that granted six-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Cumilla murder case. The chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order following a leave-to-appeal petition filed by the government challenging the HC bail order. The chamber judge also sent the petition to the Appellate Division full bench and fixed April 7 for further hearing on the petition.

Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah said that Khaleda Zia cannot get release from jail following the chamber judge’s order. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued for the government while Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister Kayser Kamal appeared for Khaleda Zia.

Earlier on March 6, the HC granted six-month interim bail to the BNP chief in the Cumilla murder case. Khaleda filed a petition with the HC on February 27 seeking bail for her in the case, after a Cumilla court rejected bail on February 4.

The case was filed on charge of killing eight people and injuring 25-26 others by torching a bus on February 2, 2015, in Cumilla’s Chouddagram during the anti-government agitations by the BNP-led alliance.

Khaleda landed in the Old Dhaka central jail on February 8 last year after a special court convicted and sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The HC on October 30, 2018 enhanced her punishment to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Besides, Khaleda Zia was also convicted in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a special court on October 29 last year.