Zia Charitable Trust graft case: HC set to hear Khaleda’s bail appeal

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 12:40, Feb 23, 2020 | Updated : 12:42, Feb 23, 2020

FILE PHOTO: Khaleda Zia at court. ReutersThe High Court will hear a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case around 2pm.

The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq will be conducting the hearing on Sunday (Feb 23).

The hearing was supposed to be held earlier on the day; however, it was postponed as the state lawyer sought time.

Khaleda’s panel member Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and other senior lawyers were already present at the court, which is highly guarded by police.

On Feb 18, the BNP chief filed a fresh petition with the High Court seeking bail in the case, citing illness.

It was mentioned in the petition that the BNP chairperson is seriously ill and she needs advanced treatment. “Khaleda is not getting proper treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). She wants to go to London for better treatment if she gets bail.”

On Dec 12, 2019, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court turned down the bail petition of Khaleda Zia in the graft case.

A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on Oct 29, 2018.

On Aug 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.

The former prime minister has been in prison since Feb 8, 2018.