The High Court on Tuesday extended the bail of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by one year in five separate cases.
The High Court bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohammad Ali issued the order in three defamation cases filed in Dhaka and the one in Narail while the High Court Bench of Justice A K M Asaduzzaman and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo extended Khaleda Zia's bail in the Cumilla case.
The BNP chief was sentenced to seven years after a special court convicted her in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case in October 2018.
Considering her age and on humanitarian grounds amid the Covid-19 epidemic, the BNP chief was temporarily released from jail on March 25 last year following an executive order of the government suspending her jail sentences.
The government extended her release for six more months on August 27 last year and it was extended further for another six months on March 15 last.
Khaleda Zia tested positive for Covid-19 on April 10, and she was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27. She received treatment there until June 19 for post-Covid complications and some other underlying health problems.
On May 5, her family applied to the government seeking permission to take her abroad for better treatment, but the government turned it down saying there is no scope for a convicted person to avail of such a scope.