Dhaka, Mar 28: The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule asking BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the government to explain why it should not be increased punishment for BNP chief Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.An HC bench comprising Justice Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order in response to a plea filed by Anti-Corruption Commission.
Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the ACC while Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali and Zainul Abedin moved for the BNP chief.
The court said the rule will be heard along with the appeal filed by Khaleda Zia challenging the lower court verdict that convicted and sentenced her to five years imprisonment in this case.
The ACC filed the revision petition with the HC challenging the trial court verdict on Khaleda Zia in this case saying it was an inadequate sentence handed by the lower court to Khaleda in the case.
On February 8, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was handed a five-year rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
Khaleda Zia’s eldest son and BNP’s Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others were also given 10 years’ imprisonment in the case and a fine of Tk 2.10 crore each in the politically significant case ahead of the parliamentary election.