The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has kept stand over the two petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking review of its earlier order that asked the High Court to hear and dispose of her appeal in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case by July 31.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Thursday.
The apex court asked the High Court Division to start hearing on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s appeal.
The apex court stated that it would consider the plea if Khaleda's appeal in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case is not disposed of by July 31.
Meanwhile, the High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice MD Mustafizur Rahman is scheduled to start hearing on four appeals in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case.
Earlier on May 16, the SC upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The SC also issued an order to dispose of Khaleda's appeal challenging the lower court's verdict in the case by July 31.
Later, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition on June 25 seeking review of the order.
On February 8, the Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years' imprisonment after finding her guilty in the graft case filed by the ACC.
The court also jailed Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, and four others to 10 years imprisonment and fined them Tk 2.1 crore.