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Barapukuria Coal Scam

Allegations against 9 including Khaleda initially proved

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:09 PM, 24 May 2021   Updated: 08:10 PM, 24 May 2021

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The High Court has observed that the allegations against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and nine others in a case filed over Barapukuria coal mine scam in Dinajpur have been initially proved.

The High Court on Monday directed the Judicial Court to dispose of the case within the next six months.

On July 24 last year, the investigating officer of the case, ACC deputy director Abu Hena Ashikur Rahman filed a charge sheet on behalf of Samsul Alam accusing 23 people, including six former managing directors (MDs), in the court, and the court took into account of the charge sheet on October 15 last year. Among them, the former MD. As Mahbubur Rahman died, at present there are 22 accused in the case.

According to the charge sheet, the accused were involved in the embezzlement of 1,43,727.99 tonnes of coal worth Tk 243.29 crore from the colliery in Dinajpur from January 2006 to July 19, 2018. The investigation has proved that the accused have committed punishable offenses under sections 409/109 of the Penal Code and Section 5 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.

Earlier on July 24, 2018, Barapukuria coal mine manager (administration) Mohammad Anisur Rahman filed the case with Parbatipur model police station accusing 19 officials of the company, including former managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed for the theft and the case was sent to ACC for investigation.

Of the 19 accused in the charge sheet, 14 were charged. Besides, the names of 9 new people including 7 former MDs came out in the investigation. The names of 23 people were mentioned in the charge sheet. But one of the accused (former MD) has died. So there are currently 22 accused on the charge sheet in this case.