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Zia Charitable graft case: Khaleda files bail petition with HC again

  • Published at 03:57 pm February 18th, 2020
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Incarcerated BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is escorted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for a medical check up in Dhaka on April 7, 2018 AFP

Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon confirmed the matter on Tuesday afternoon

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has filed a bail petition with the High Court in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Khaleda's one of lawyers' panel member Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon confirmed the matter on Tuesday afternoon.

The petition was filed with the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque.

Earlier on December 12, 2019, the full Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, rejected the incarcerated BNP chief's bail petition in the graft case.

The court also ordered the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authorities to ensure her advanced treatment in line with the medical board's recommendations, after getting her consent.

As per the court order, the BSMMU authorities submitted an updated medical report on Khaleda's health condition before it on December 11.

Earlier on November 28, the court asked the medical board formed at BSMMU for Khaleda's treatment to submit the medical report before it on December 5.

On November 14, the BNP chairperson filed the appeal with the Appellate Division against a High Court order that had rejected her bail plea in the same case.

On July 31, a High Court bench rejected Khaleda's bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, in which she was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.

The court also ordered a status quo on the sub-ordinate court's order to confiscate around 69,421.49 acre of land bought in the name of the Zia Charitable Trust and asked it to send all of the documents related to this case to the apex court.

On April 30, the High Court accepted Khaleda's appeal petition challenging a trial court verdict.

On November 18, 2018, Khaleda filed the appeal on 20 grounds, asking the court to scrap the verdict along with the fine and grant her bail.

Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.

The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1, 2019.