The Supreme Court will deliver its orders on Monday on the state applications for leave to appeal against the High Court orders granting bail to former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in extortion cases as arguments from both sides closed on Sunday.
A six-member full bench, headed by Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin, after hearing both sides said orders would be passed on Monday on the four leave-to-appeal applications filed by the government side, seeking to overturn the High Court rulings.
The High Court, upon writ petitions filed by the detained Awami League president, had granted her bail in two extortion cases and issued rule upon the government to explain why placing the cases against her under the Emergency Power Rules 'should not be declared without lawful authority'. Responding to another writ petition, the High Court, issuing a rule upon the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), had stayed the operation of the ACC notice that asked Hasina to submit her wealth statement. Attorney General Fida M Kamal stood for the state while Barrister Rafique-ul Huq appeared for Hasina and Mintoo.
In another development, BNP Chairperson and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia did not appear before the court yesterday to face the hearing of the Dinkal Publication case and sought more time to the court through her counsels. Following the time petition moved by her counsels, Metropolitan Magistrate AJM Abdullah Hel Baki asked them (counsels) to present Khaleda Zia before the court on September 27 to face the charge.