[Dhaka Correspondent] ACC (Anti-Corruption Commission) Monday filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking stay of the High Court order granting bail to detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia in the GATCO graft case. It is expected to come up for hearing Tuesday, Khalequzzaman, advocate-on-record for ACC, told newsmen after filing the petition.
It mentioned that a regular petition would be filed seeking permission to appeal against the High Court order issued Sunday upon writ petitions. The High Court bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury Sunday granted bail to Khaleda in the case. The High Court also stayed the proceedings of the GATCO scam case against Khaleda and her younger son, Arafat Rahman, filed under the Emergency Powers Rules.
After hearing the writ petitions, the court also ordered Anti-Corruption Commission and chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka to explain in six weeks the legality of bringing the case under the Emergency Powers Rules.
Commission deputy director, Golam Shahriar Chowdhury, filed the corruption case on September 2 with the Tejgaon police against 13 people, including Khaleda and Arafat, on charge of awarding a contract to “an incompetent and unfit firm, GATCO,” to handle containers at the Inland Container Depot in Dhaka and at Chittagong port allegedly for kickbacks.