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Supreme Court upholds Khaleda’s bail in Comilla arson case

  • Published at 11:00 am August 12th, 2018
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Two cases were filed against the BNP chief over the February 3, 2015, attack on a passenger bus

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order granting six-month bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in an arson case, filed under the Special Powers Act, in Comilla.

A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Sunday—rejecting the petition filed by the state seeking a stay on the High Court order, reports UNB.

The High Court granted the former prime minister, Khaleda, six-month bail, on August 6, in the arson case. The following day, the state filed a petition seeking a stay on the bail order.

On July 23, the High Court directed Comilla Special Judge Court 1 to dispose of the bail petition filed by the BNP chief in the case by July 26.

Khaleda's lawyer filed a bail petition with the High Court after the Comilla court rejected the bail petition on July 25.

Eight people were killed, and 20 others injured, when miscreants hurled a Molotov cocktail at a passenger bus at Jogmohanpur in Comilla’s Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance's movement on February 3, 2015.

Two cases were filed against Khaleda.

The BNP chief has been in jail since February 8, after a special court found her guilty of corruption in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.