The High Court yesterday agreed to hear an appeal filed by former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque, challenging the lower court order that sentenced him to 10 years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim also stayed the lower court order that fined him.
Salimul will now file a bail petition with the HC in the case, said his lawyer Palash Chandra Roy.
Salimul, now in jail, submitted the appeal to the office concerned of the HC through his lawyer on Monday praying to it to acquit him of the corruption charges and to scrap the trial court verdict against him.
On February 8, the Special Judge's Court-5 in Dhaka sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years' imprisonment and five others, including Salimul and Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, to 10 years' imprisonment for misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that came from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.
The court also fined all the six convicts a total of Tk 2.1 crore, saying that all the six have to pay the fine in equal amounts.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008.