The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday again deferred to February 12 the hearing of the government’s petition that was submitted to seek stay of the High Court’s judgement that quashed the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against Sheikh Hasina.
The six-member Appellate Division bench, chaired by acting Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim, deferred the hearing as the government’s petition did not conform to the Supreme Court’s rules. Hasina’s counsel Rafique-ul Huq also objected to the flaws in the government’s petition.
The government’s appeal was first scheduled for hearing by the Appellate Division on February 7, but the court deferred the hearing to Sunday as Hasina’s counsel sought time for preparation.
As per Appellate Division’s rules, the government will have to submit certified copies of full documents of the writ petition on the basis of which the High Court on February 6 not only declared the extortion case against Hasina illegal but also quashed it.