The High Court has fixed March 28 for hearing the appeal filed by ACC to increase the jail term handed down to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim fixed the date on Tuesday.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Khurshed Alam Khan presented the appeal in the court.
Khurshed Alam said: "The other accused in the case were given ten years jail while Khaleda was given five years. We have mentioned it in our appeal filed seeking an increase in her punishment."
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He said: "A lot of them are saying that the government backed us in filing the appeal, but it is not the case.
"During the bail hearing at the Appellate Division, we told the court that we are not satisfied with the order. The punishment is inadequate."
On February 8, Dhaka’s Fifth Special Judge’s Court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was given five years jail keeping in mind her age, physical condition and social background.
The BNP chief was then sent to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
It also sentenced five other accused, including Khaleda’s son and BNP’s acting chairperson Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined them Tk2.1 crore each.
Talking about the grounds , the lawyer said: "We have challenged the grounds in the appeal. One cannot be given inadequate published based on these grounds.
"Law does not permit this."
This article was first published on banglatribune.com