Alexa Appellate Division rejects Khaleda’s bail plea

Dhaka, Wednesday   22 January 2020


Charitable Trust case

Appellate Division rejects Khaleda’s bail plea

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:13 PM, 12 December 2019   Updated: 05:36 PM, 12 December 2019

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The Appellate Division on Thursday has rejected the bail plea of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. The court also ordered improved treatment based on medical reports.

A six-judge bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order at around 1:15 pm.

Khaleda’s lawyer AM Mahbubuddin Khokon confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh. 

Earlier, the hearing of the case was started at 10:08 am and continue till 1:00 pm. After the hearing, six judges, including the Chief Justice, went to the court chamber and came back to courtroom after taking a decision. Then rejected the bail plea of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust case.  

During the hearing, lawyers Zainul Abedin, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, AKM Ehsanur Rahman were stood on behalf of the Khaleda Zia in the court.

Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan was stood for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was present for the state. 

Earlier, the High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman on July 31 rejected the bail plea in the charitable case. Her lawyers then filed an appeal against the High Court on November 14. 

The appeal of 1401-pages was filed in the concerned branch of the Appellate Division. The court adjourned the proceedings till Thursday, seeking the report on Khaleda Zia’s health condition. 

The latest medical report of Khaleda Zia’s physical condition has been sent to the Supreme Court within the deadline set up by the court. Professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua, VC of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) sent the report to the Registrar of the Appellate Division on Wednesday around 3:30 pm. 

Medical reports say Khaleda Zia suffers from arthritis. She was not suffered from any new disease. Her physical condition is the same as before.

Earlier, on October 29 last year, Akhteruzzaman, the fifth special judge of Dhaka court was sentenced Khaleda Zia to seven years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Tk 10 lakh. The remaining accused were given the same sentence and the court declared the confiscation of the trust’s property. Khaleda Zia sought bail in the Appellate Division on November 14 after failing to secure bail in the High Court. 

She has been serving five years' rigorous imprisonment at Old Central Jail, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last. She is currently undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).