Dhaka, Bangladesh
SC hearing today

Khaleda's bail rejection plea

SC hearing today

Govt dillydallying: Moudud

The Appellate Division is expected to hear the petitions on Wednesday seeking to freeze the bail granted to BNP chief Khaleda Zia, reports bdnews.24.com The chamber judge heard the pleas by the state and the Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday, but refrained from issuing an order and forwarded the matters to the full appellate bench instead. A three-time prime minister, Khaleda is serving a five-year prison term since Feb 8 when a Dhaka court convicted her of misusing international donations meant for an orphanage. The High Court granted her a four-month interim bail on Monday. On Tuesday, the attorney general's office and the graft watchdog moved the Supreme Court's chamber judge against the decision. The state had argued that the appeal would be heard quickly and so there would be no need for bail, but the High Court granted bail on four grounds: The court also ordered the paperbook for the appeal hearing to be made within the time of her bail. Either side can submit an appeal for hearing when the paperbook is ready, the court said. UNB adds: BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday alleged that the government is trying to linger their Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail 'using' the lower judiciary. "The lower court is now not under the Supreme Court as it has now gone under the executive branch. As hour leader (Khaleda) was granted bail by the apex court, a Comilla court sent a warrant against her with a motive to keep her in jail until March 28. It's nothing, but the government's meanness," he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader said Khaleda Zia will soon return to them walking out of jail, no matter how many conspiracies and tricks the government resort to. Moudud, a senior lawyer and BNP standing committee member, said all but four cases-two in Dhaka, one each in Comilla and Narail-remain stayed against their chairperson. Zia Parishad arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail. The BNP leader hoped that the full bench of the Supreme Court will uphold the High Court order granting bail to Khaleda in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was sentenced to five years' imprisonment. He said their party will join the next polls under the leadership of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Moudud also said the 11th parliamentary elections will be held under a neutral administration, and BNP will win it with a big margin.

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