Dhaka, May 31: The Supreme Court Court on Thursday extended till June 24 its previous order that stayed the High Court order granting bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two cases filed in Cumilla.A three-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.
The court also asked the state counsel to file regular leave-to-appeal-petition against the HC order within this period.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state while Advocate Zainul Abedin, AJ Mohammad Ali and Khandaker Mahbub Hossain for Khaleda.
On May 29, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed until May 31 the HC order that had granted bail to Khaleda Zia after hearing a petition filed by the state challenging the order.
On May 28, the HC granted interim bail to BNP Chairperson in the two Cumilla cases and rejected the bail petition in a defamation case filed in Narail.
Soon after the HC order, the government filed a petition with the Appellate Division challenging it.
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 HC 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 onJanuary 25in 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.