The Supreme Court will pass its order on July 2 on the government’s appeal against bail granted by the High Court to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case in Cumilla.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed the date for passing the order after hearing the state appeal on Sunday.The SC will also hear the government’s another appeal today against bail granted by the High Court to the BNP chief in a case filed under the Special Powers for hurling explosive substance on a passenger bus that resulted in the killing of eight people in Cumilla in 2015.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam appeared for the government while Mohammad Ali, Khandker Mahbub Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Zainul Abedin and Mahbub Uddin Khokon for Khaleda Zia.
On February 3, 2015, eight people were killed in the arson attack on a passenger bus in Chauddagram during the anti-government movement by BNP and Jamaat.
Two cases were filed with local police station against Khaleda Zia and others — one for committing murder and the other for hurling explosive substance.
On March 12 this year, court police Inspector Subrata Banerjee filed a petition to get the BNP chief shown arrested in the case.
Following the petition, Cumilla court showed Khaleda Zia arrested in the cases and directed the prison authorities to produce Khaleda Zia on March 28.As she was not brought to court, the court ordered prison authorities to explain its failure. Later, prison authorities replied that she could not be produced due to illness.
On May 28, the HC granted bail to Khaleda Zia in two cases in Cumilla.
Meanwhile, a division bench of the High Court will pass an order today on a plea of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seeking a date for stating hearing on appeals filed against lower court verdict that sentenced Khaleda Zia to imprisonment for five years in Zia orphanage trust graft case.
The bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mosafizur Rahman decided to pass the order following the ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan’s plea on Sunday.