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The Appellate Division on Wednesday stayed till Sunday the bail granted to Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

A bench of four judges, chaired by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to file regular petition by Sunday seeking stay of the High Coutt order passed on Monday granting the bail.

Khaleda’s lawyer, however, said the court stayed the bail without hearing them.

Earlier on Tuesday, Appellate Division chamber judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique sent the two petitions to the full bench of the division without passing any order.

Advocate Sufia Khatun filed a petition on behalf of the state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan lodged another one on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

On Monday, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia.

On February 22 last, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. On the day, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.

On February 25, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court said it would pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.

On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.

News Courtesy: www.newagebd.net

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