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Bangla SC stays Hasina bail order

The Bangladesh Supreme Court stays a High Court order granting detained former premier Sheikh Hasina bail in an extortion case.

world Updated: Aug 03, 2007 03:48 IST

The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a High Court order granting detained former premier Sheikh Hasina bail in an extortion case.

Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin ordered the stay a day after a full bench heard the government appeal against the High Court order that had also asked authorities not to proceed with the case under the tough emergency power rules until disposal of a pending writ filed by the ex-premier.

The Appellate Division, however, asked the "concerned parties" to dispose by August 14 the writ in High Court challenging the legal validity of the trial of the extortion case against Hasina under the emergency laws.

The HC on Monday also asked the government to explain in the next two weeks why her indictment under the emergency powers rules should not be declared illegal in line with the writ since the alleged extortion took place long before the rules came into effect following the state of emergency from January 11 this year.

Bangladeshi businessman Azam J Chowdhury filed the case last month alleging that Hasina had "extorted" from him nearly Taka 3 crore while her party was in power from 1996 to 2001. Hasina, however, is also shown arrested under another "extortion" case filed by another businessman Noor Ali saying the ex-premier and several co-accused forced him to pay Taka 5 crore and offer two apartments in Dhaka.