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SC upholds Khaleda’s bail in Comilla arson case

  • Published at 12:07 pm December 6th, 2018
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The court asked the authorities concerned to file leave-to-appeal petitions by December 13

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld the bail, granted by the High Court to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the Comilla arson case.

An Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Thursday. This followed the petition hearing filed by the state against the bail granted to Khaleda Zia by the High Court.

The court asked the authorities concerned to file leave-to-appeal petitions with the regular bench by December 13—which has been set as the next hearing date.

Lawyers said Khaleda’s bail for the Comilla case will be sustained during the time.

In the court hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state. Senior Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali and Zainul Abedin, among others, represented Khaleda Zia.

Khaleda Zia’s lawyers filed a bail petition with the High Court after district Judge KM Shamsul Alam of Comilla Special Judge Court 1 denied her bail on September 13.

On November 28, the High Court bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mujibur Rahman granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case. 

A hearing date was fixed for Thursday following a petition by the state to the Supreme Court to stay Khaleda’s bail.

On January 25, 2015, a covered van was set on fire at Haiderpool of Chauddagram municipality on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

The following day, Sub-inspector Nuruzzaman of Chauddagram police station filed a case against the BNP Chairperson, and 31 of the party’s other leaders and activists, over the incident.

Former prime minister Khaleda has been in old Dhaka Central Jail since February after she was sentenced to five years imprisonment for corruption in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.