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Cumilla Arson Case: Khaleda Zia gets permanent bail

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25th May, 2022 01:29:12 AM
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The High Court has granted permanent bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case over a bomb attack on a bus in Cumilla’s Chauddagram filed under the Special Powers Act seven years ago.

The HC bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and SM Mozibur Rahman granted the bail to Khaleda Zia after hearing a rule on Tuesday.

The decision, therefore, grants Khaleda permanent bail, according to her lawyer Barrister Kaiser Kamal. Eight people were killed after a night coach was petrol bombed in Chauddagram on February 3, 2015, during the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s protests. Two separate cases – one for murder, the other under the Explosives Act – were filed over the incident. Later, the case under the Explosive Act was changed to one under the Special Power Act.

While Khaleda was serving a prison sentence in a corruption case, her legal team appealed for her bail in the bus attack case to the Cumilla Special Court.

The court granted her bail on February 4, 2019. On February 27 of the same year, Khaleda appealed to the High Court for bail. The HC granted her six months of interim bail in the case on March 6, and it was later extended.