HC grants Khaleda’s 6-month bail in Cumilla arson case

The High Court on Wednesday granted 6-month bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in a case filed under the Special Powers Act over the arson attack in Cumilla on Feb 3, 2015.

A two-member bench of the High Court Division, comprising of justices AKM Asaduzzaman and SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order.

AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.

Khaleda’s lawyer moved the HC on February 27 after a subordinate court in Cumilla rejected her bail plea on February 4.

On February 3, 2015, Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement.

Two cases were filed against Khaleda in this connection.

Khaleda landed in jail on February 8 after she was sentenced five-year in jail by a Dhaka court for misappropriating a donation fund of the Zia Orphanage Trust. Later on October 30, the jail term enhanced to 10 years from five years.