Dhaka: Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was on Wednesday granted bail by the country's Supreme Court in a graft case, according to a media report.
Later, the ACC and the government moved the appeals before the SC challenging the HC's bail order.
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed said, "Khaleda Zia won't be released from jail now as she will have to take bail in six more cases".
Khaleda Zia's lawyer Joynal Abedin appeared optimist and said that they expect to secure bail in other cases as well.
He said Khaleda was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.
In the petitions, Khaleda's lawyer Sanaullah Mia mentioned that his client had earlier filed writ petitions with the HC seeking quashing of the case proceedings.
The AG told the apex court that Khaleda had discharged the duties of the prime minister and continued her politics despite having the diseases "which are tolerable".
On May 9 last, a four-member Appellate Division bench, led by the Chief Justice, fixed Tuesday for delivering the order after closing a two-day hearing on the two petitions. Zia is serving a five-year prison term in a corruption case.
Zia and five others, including her son Tarique Rahman, were accused of embezzling 21 million takas (approximately Rs 1.6 crore) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, which was established during her rule between 2001 and 2006.
In response, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam argued that the lower court had already taken a lenient stance in handing down her the jail term due to her age, and this "lenient punishment" could not be a reason for her bail.
The High Court had on the 12th of March granted an interim bail to Zia.
She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city, where she is the only inmate. Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia's bail until May 8 in the case.