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Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Oct 31

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:33 PM, 19 September 2021  

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo

A court in Dhaka today has set October 31 by deferring the hearing on charge framing agasint BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and nine accused in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case.  

Judge AHM Ruhul Imran of the Special Judge’s Court-2 of Dhaka passed the order on Sunday, confirmed Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder. 

The case was scheduled to be heard on the day, however, Khaleda Zia could not appear in court as she was not physically fit. Therefore, a new date was fixed in light of the petition of the accused. 

Apart from Khaleda Zia, the other accused in the case are – Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former acting secretary of the energy ministry Nazrul Islam, former chairman of Petrobangla SR Osmani, former director of Petrobangla Moinul Ahsan, former managing director of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Sirajul Islam and local mining company Group Chairman Moazzem Hossain.

Among the accused in the chargesheet – former ministers M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, MK Anwar, M Shamsul Islam and Aminul Haque passed away. Besides, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed was hanged in war crimes cases. Therefore, they have been exempted from the case.

On February 26 in 2008, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Shahbagh police accusing 16 people including Khaleda and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues of taking Tk 159.71 crore in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coalmine deal awarded to the highest bidder. 

The ACC pressed charges against Khaleda and 15 others in the graft case on October 5 in 2008.