HC grants permanent bail to Khaleda Zia
The High Court has granted permanent bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim ordered the pass after final hearing on a rule on Wednesday.
The court said if Khaleda misuses the bail, the trial court concerned may scrap her bail.
The court in 2008 issued a rule asking the government to interpret why the BNP chief should not be granted regular bail in the case.
Senior lawyer, AJ Mohammad Ali, argued for Khaleda Zia in the court. Barrister Zakir Hossain Bhuiyan and AHM Kamruzzaman assisted him.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan pleaded for ACC.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) enrolled the case in 2008 against six people, including Khaleda and her eldest son Tarique Rahman, for allegedly misusing Tk2.1 crore from the funds of the Zia Orphanage Trust.
In addition, in 2011, the ACC accused the BNP chief and three others of misappropriating Tk3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust Fund.
The orphanage case is under trial at the Dhaka Special Judges Court 3.