Hearing a bail petition of ailing jailed former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s was put off by the High Court Division on Thursday due to absence of attorney general Mahbubey Alam.
It was for the 2nd time since Wednesday that her bail petition hearing was postponed due to absence of the attorney general.
In the petition bail is sought for her in the second case of burning the same bus at Chaddagram, Cumilla.
A bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman expressed annoyance over the attorney general’s recurrent absence from hearing.
The hearing was rescheduled for Sunday when the attorney general would get the last chance to appear, said the bench.
On Wednesday the bench heard Khaleda Zia’s lawyers and postponed the hearing until Thursday to allow the attorney general to appear following prayers from a deputy attorney general.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Kayser Kamal told reporters that the attorney general’s chronic habit of remaining absent was obstructing hearing her bail application time and again.
He said that the attorney general was staying away from hearing with the mala fide intention of killing time before the general election.
He said that after the trial court denied her bail the matter had to be brought to the High Court Division.
He submitted at Wednesday’s hearing that since September 13 the trial court also did not release the certified copy of refusal to grant bail to Khaleda Zia with the mala fide motive of preventing seeking her bail from the HC.
The trial court in Cumilla denied her bail on September 13, he submitted.
On Thursday, the High Court Division extended her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case until Monday.
A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing Khaleda’s lawyer Kayser Kamal.
Khaleda Zia has been shifted to hospital from the Old Dhaka Central Jail in which she has been the lone inmate since February 8.
She was shifted to a Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University cabin after declaring it as a sub-jail.
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