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Barapukuria graft case

Indictment hearing against Khaleda July 18

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:43 PM, 19 June 2019  

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The court has set July 18 to hold a hearing on charge framing in Barapukuria Coalmine graft case against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and others.

The hearing was fixed on Wednesday (June 19) on the matter, but the jail authorities could not produce prime accused Khaleda Zia before the temporary court in front of Keraniganj Central Hospital as she is undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Judge AHM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge Court-2 then deferred the hearing till July 18.

On February 26, 2008, the ACC filed the graft case against Khaleda Zia and 15 others with Shahbagh Police Station in the capital.

According to the case, they were accused of causing a loss of Tk 159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding a contract for the operation of Barapukuria coalmine to a Chinese company through abuse of power.

Of the 16, six have already died and their names are expected to be dropped from the case while framing of the charges.

On February 25, 2019, the High Court ordered the lower court concerned to dispose of the case within six months.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order, binning a plea filed by one of the accused and BNP leader Barrister Aminul Haque to quash the charges.