The Appellate Division would hear today separate petitions of the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission seeking stay on bail granted to former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On Monday, the High Court Division granted her bail for four months in the Zia orphanage trust case.
The Appellate Division’s chamber judge, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique set the schedule after briefly hearing the petitions filed earlier in the day.
Khaleda was granted the bail considering her short sentence, hearing her appeal against the sentence would
take time, she never misused bail and the 73-year leader was suffering from numerous physical complications, a fact contradicted by neither the government nor the ACC.
The High Court kept its bail order pending for 17 days.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam and ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan informed the chamber judge that the bail order was not signed by the two HC judges until 1.30PM on Tuesday.
Khaleda’s lawyer Kayser Kamal told New Age that he came to know that the HC sent its bail order to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court in the afternoon.
The CMM’s court is expected to send the bail bond to the jail authorities by tomorrow morning, he said.
The attorney general told reporters that Khaleda would not be released from the jail even if the bail order was upheld by the Appellate Division, as the authorities already showed her as arrested in the Chauddagram arson attack case and a Comilla court issued an order to the jail authorities to produce her on March 28.
Kayser Kamal described the attorney general’s contention as a misinterpretation of the law and said that she could appear in the arson case in the Comilla court if she was set free on bail.
On Tuesday morning, Dhaka Special Judge Court -5 asked the Dhaka Central Jail authorities to produce Khaleda Zia at its hearings in the Zia Charitable Trust Corruption Case on March 28 and 29.
Kayser said that the government was ‘deliberately and intentionally using the lower judiciary to keep the former prime minister in the jail with malafide intentions.
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