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The High Court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order on Wednesday after holding the final hearing on a ruling issued by the High Court in 2008.

Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister Jakir Hossain Bhuiyan and AHM Kamruzzaman moved for the BNP chief while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan argued for Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that was received as grants for orphans via a foreign bank.

Of the six accused, Khaleda, former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed are on bail while the others including Tarique have been absconding.

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