Her legal team says Khaleda Zia will go abroad for treatment if she gets bail
The High Court is set to hear BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail plea in Zia Charitable Trust graft case on February 23 (Sunday).
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque fixed the date after Khaleda's lawyers presented the bail petition at court on Wednesday.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan argued for rejection of the petition on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has been in prison since February 8, 2018, serving a total of 17 years in jail after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage and the Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases.
She was later shifted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in 2019 for treatment under the supervision of jail authorities.
Khaleda is seeking bail on health grounds and in light of her age, as she is not receiving advanced medical care at BSMMU, said her legal counsel.
On December 12, 2019, the Appellate Division rejected the incarcerated BNP chief's bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust case.
The court, however, ordered the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to provide her with advanced treatment in line with the medical board's recommendations after getting her consent.
One of her lawyers, Joynal Abedin, said Khaleda will go abroad for treatment if she gets bail this time.