Khaleda Zia produced before court in Niko graft case
Published : 13 Jan 2019, 18:34:49
BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was produced before a Dhaka court on Sunday in Niko graft case as it adjourned the hearing till January 21.
Dhaka 9th special judge court passed the order after holding hearing in part on charge framing in the case.
BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed, who is also an accused in the case, took part in the hearing for himself.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five including Khaleda with Tejgaon police station on December 9, 2007 for abusing power to pen a deal with Canadian company Niko for exploring and extracting gas.
The ACC on May 5, 2008, submitted charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia.
Accepting a petition filed by Khaleda, the HC on July 9, 2008, stayed the case proceedings and issued the rule.
The High Court on June 18, 2015, passed an order paving way for continuation of the graft case against the BNP leader before the trial court. The court had also asked the BNP chief to surrender before the concerned trial court within two months.
But following a fresh petition of Khaleda Zia, the High Court on March 7, 2017, again stayed the proceedings of the case.-BSS