Khaleda bail hearing Thursday

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[Dhaka Correspondent] The chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Tuesday refused to pass an instant order staying the bail granted by the High Court to detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia and posted an Anti-Corruption Commission petition. for a full-bench hearing Thursday.

Justice M Hasan Ameen, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, also posted ACC’s petitions seeking a stay of the High Court orders that stayed the proceedings of the cases filed by the commission against Khaleda Zia’s eldest son, Tarique Rahman, former ministers Moudud Ahmed and Nazmul Huda, former deputy minister Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu and businessman Nurul Islam Babul for amassing illegal wealth for a full-bench hearing Thursday.

Additional attorney general Salahuddin Ahmed moved the commission’s petitions seeking a stay of the High Court orders. He argued the High Court orders should be stayed as the Anti-Corruption Commission would file regular petitions seeking permission to appeal against the orders. In separate orders, passed Sunday and Monday, the High Court made contradictory directives as it stayed the proceedings of the cases, but said the investigations of the cases would continue, the state attorney argued.

The High Court bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury Sunday granted bail to Khaleda in the GATCO scam case. It also stayed the proceedings of the case against Khaleda and her youngest son, Arafat Rahman, under the Emergency Powers Rules and asked the commission and the chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka to explain in six weeks the legality of bringing the case under the emergency rules.

ACC 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 bribe.

The same bench Monday stayed the proceedings of the cases filed by ACC against Tarique, Moudud, Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda, Dulu and Babul for amassing illegal wealth. The court also issued separate rules on ACC to explain in six weeks why its notification on them asking for their wealth statements and the cases filed against them in the furtherance of the notifications would not be declared illegal and void.


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