SC defers hearing again on Khaleda’s pleas

New Age Online

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday deferred again to July 24 the hearing of two petitions filed by the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, for staying a High Court order that had rejected her previous petitions challenging the legality of trial court proceedings in two graft cases.
The five-member bench led by the chief justice, Md Muzammel Hossain, passed the order after Khaleda’s counsel  AJ  Mohammad  Ali sought more time on grounds that he was yet to obtain certified copy of the HC’s order of June 19.
The Appellate Division is also scheduled for July 24 to hear two other petitions filed by BNP chairperson, seeking staying another High Court order that had rejected her indictment petitions in the two cases – Zia Orphanage Trust case and Zia Charitable Trust graft case, respectively.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam and Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan opposed the adjournment arguing that the defence was buying times at the trial court on the excuse that the matter had been pending with the Appellate Division.
The Special Judge Court 3 on July 9 had deferred to July 27 the recording of depositions of the prosecution witnesses in the two cases—Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases, as Khaleda’s counsel sought time on grounds that her petitions were pending for hearing by the Appellate Division.
On June 19, a single-judge High Court bench had rejected Khaleda’s petitions that had challenged the legality of proceedings in the two cases by Bashudev Roy’s court because his ‘appointment as the judge of the Special Judge Court 3 was not notified in gazette notification.’
Earlier on May 25, the High Court bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Ejarul Haque Akondo had passed a split order on the petitions. Justice Farah Mahbub had issued rule staying the proceedings of the cases while Justice Ejarul Haque had rejected the petitions.



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