The Appellate Division has upheld the bail granted to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case by the High Court. At the same time, the Appellate Division has ordered the settlement of the appeal by 31 June.
The four judges Appellate Bench headed by the Chief Justice gave this order today (Wednesday) by rejecting the appeal over suspending the High Court bail order filed by the prosecutor and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). However, the lawyers think that Khaleda Zia will not be released because she is not on bail in another case.
Earlier on 8 and 9 May the hearing on the appeals filed by the prosecution and the ACC against the bail granted by the High Court took place. After the hearing, the Supreme Court`s Appellate Division had fixed Tuesday to announce the verdict of the case.
On March 12, the High Court bench comprising with Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim granted Khaleda Zia four-month interim bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. Besides, the court issued a rule asking why Khaleda Zia`s sentence shall not be increased in the case.
Later, on March 19, the bail order of the High Court was postponed by the Appellate bench of four judges led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain until May 8. At the same time, the court allowed the ACC and the prosecution to appeal against this order. The court directed the ACC to submit the appeal summary within the next two weeks. Besides, on 8 May the date of hearing on the appeal petition was also fixed.