The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today stalled a High Court (HC) judgment which granted bail to detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Gatco corruption case.
The full-bench Appellate Division also froze the HC’s staying the proceedings of the case and mothballed the operation of the show-cause notice in which the HC ordered the government to explain in six weeks why bringing the case under the emergency power rules shall not be declared illegal.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on September 2 filed the case against Khaleda, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 11 other people for allegedly resorting to corruption in awarding Gatco the contract for container management at inland container depots in Dhaka and Chittagong.
The complainant alleged that the selection incurred a loss of over Tk 1,000 crore to the government exchequer.
Earlier on Sunday the HC granted bail to the former prime minister.
The ACC appealed against the HC decision following which the chamber judge of the Supreme Court on Tuesday referred the case to the full-bench hearing of the Appellate Division.