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SC upholds Khaleda's bail in Comilla arson case

  • Published at 12:39 pm April 7th, 2019
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

On March 6, the High Court granted Khaleda six-month interim bail in the case

The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order that granted six-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in an arson case in Comilla.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, upheld the order on Sunday.

The bench also rejected a petition filed by the government against the granting of the bail.

Lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Khaleda Zia, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.

In response to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal's remark that the government would consider releasing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole if she requested it, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said: "I have repeatedly said that parole is a political matter. Whether Khaleda Zia will seek parole, or if the government will approve it or not, is a political decision."

Earlier on March 31, the chamber judge of the Supreme Court stayed the bail of the BNP chief till April 7 in the case.

On March 6, the High Court bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman’s granted Khaleda six-month interim bail after hearing a petition filed her lawyers.

Eight people were killed, and 20 others injured when a petrol bomb was hurled at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.    

The former prime minister is serving jail in two graft cases. She has been at the old Dhaka central jail since February 8, 2018.