On March 14, the Supreme Court had stayed until Sunday a High Court order granting four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) will pass its decision tomorrow on two separate leave to appeal petitions filed against a High Court order granting bail to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.
The attorney general too referred to different cases while opposing Zia's bail in the case.
Khurshid Alam said in the petition that ACC sought continuation of the stay order on a High Court bail order until the leave to appeal is disposed of. The bail was stayed until Sunday for the state and the ACC to open formal appeals.
The report said the apex court asked the ACC and government to submit concise statements separately on the appeal in two weeks after receiving the leave-granting order, which Zia has also been ordered to do the same.
While opposing the High Court order, advocate Khurshid Alam Khan said all the co-accused in the case were sentenced to 10-year imprisonment, while Khaleda was handed down five-year imprisonment considering her age and social status.
The High Court earlier validated the trial in the lower court which on March 19, 2014 had indicted Zia on two graft charges brought by the ACC. On the day, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.
Zia, 72, was sentenced to five years in jail on 8 February in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about $2,50,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road Dhaka.