Dhaka: The Supreme Court of Bangladesh will on Sundayhear four separate petitions filed in connection with a high court order that granted bailto former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia in connection with the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
According to the website of the apex court, all four petitions have been included as items No 9 and 10 on Sunday‘s cause list placed before a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.
On Thursday, according to the Daily Star, the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission had filed two separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the Supreme Courtchallenging the grant of bail to Khaleda Zia by the high court.
The BNP chief has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The case relates to corruption over the misuse of funds in a charity named after former President Zia-ur- Rahman, Khaleda Zia‘s husband, who was assassinated in 1981.
On August 8, 2011, the Bangladesh Anti Corruption Commission filled the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case in the Tejgaon Police Station. Initially, four people, including Khaleda Zia were the accused in the case. The other three were Harris Chowdhury, former political secretary to Khaleda Zia, Zia-ul Islam Munna, incumbent acting director of naval security and traffic in the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, and the personal assistant to former mayor of Dhaka, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Monirul Islam Khan.
In all, there are now six accused in this case, including Khaleda Zia‘s son Tarique Rahman. The case has accused them of embezzling 21 million Taka from the trust.
Khaleda was given a five-year imprisonment and has been in jail since February 8.
Courts in Bangladesh have a long tradition of granting bail to a convict or an accused if the person is a woman, Khaleda, 73, and has been suffering from various chronic degenerative medical conditions.