HC grants bail to Khaleda in 2 cases; govt seeks stay


Staff Reporter:

Hours after the High Court granted bail for six months to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases filed in Cumilla, the government on Monday filed a petition with the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the bail order.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique will hear the petition on Tuesday, said deputy attorney general Md Bashir Ullah.

Earlier in the morning, the High Court granted the interim bail to the BNP Chairperson in the two cases and rejected the bail petition in a defamation case filed in Narail.

A bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice JBM Hasan came up with the order.

The HC fixed today for delivering the after hearing on the relevant petitions on Sunday.

Of the cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on defamation charges.

On May 19, the HC granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers appealed for permission.

The Appellate Division earlier on May 18 upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail as she was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.

The BNP chairperson is now facing a total of 36 cases.

Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.

A covered van was vandalised and torched in Chouddagram on Dhaka-Chattogram Highway on January 25 in 2015.

Two cases were filed against Khaleda in this connection.

On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs saying, “There’re controversies over how many people were martyred in the Liberation War.”

Reacting to Khaleda’s remark, a defamation case was filed against her with a Narail court on December 24.unb


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