The Appellate Division on Tuesday upheld the ad-interim bail granted to former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia by the High Court Division in a case of burning a covered van at Chouddagram in 2015.
The Appellate Division also issued a directive to the High Court Division to dispose of Khaleda Zia’s appeal against foot dragging by the trial court, the Comilla special tribunal-1, in disposing of her bail application.
Instead of disposing of the bail application she filed on April 23, the Comilla tribunal set new dates to further hear her application.
On May 28 the High Court Division granted six
months’ ad interim bail to Khaleda Zia after admitting her appeal for hearing.
The Appellate Division order also vacated its stay on her bail.
A three-judge Appellate Division chaired by the Chief Justice issued the order after disposing of a government petition seeking permission to appeal against bail granted to her by the High Court Division.
Later, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain told reporters that Khaleda Zia’s release on bail would depend whether or not on July 2 the Appellate Division vacates its stay on bail granted
to her by the High Court Division in the bus burning case.
Khandker Mahbub said that her bail petitions in four other cases await hearing by two trial courts in the capital and other trial courts at Comilla and Narail.
Since February 8, Khaleda Zia has been in the old Dhaka Central Jail following conviction for five year by a lower court in the capital in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.
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