Khaleda’s graft case proceedings to continue in her absence
Published : 14 Oct 2018, 17:11:21
The High Court on Sunday rejected a revision plea filed by BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia against a lower court order that had said it would continue graft case proceedings in her absence.
“The court has summarily rejected her plea, clearing way to continue the proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust graft case in her absence,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) counsel Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told newsmen.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice S M Kuddus Zaman passed the order after holding hearing on the matter.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 on September 20 passed an order, saying it would try imprisoned BNP chairperson in absentia in the case as she was “unwilling” to appear at the makeshift court complex inside Old Dhaka Central Jail.
The ACC filed the case with capital’s Tejgaon Police Station on August 8, 2010, for embezzling Taka 3.15 crore while police on January 16, 2012, filed charge sheet against four including the ex-premier.
The other accused are Khaleda’s former political secretary Haris Chowdhury, the then BIWTA director Ziaul Islam Munna and Monirul Islam Khan, former personal secretary of the then Dhaka city mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka.
The court framed charges against Khaleda and others in the case on March 19, 2014.
The BNP chairperson is now serving a five-year jail term in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.-BSS