Indictment hearing in Khaleda’s Niko graft case Nov 24...

Dhaka, Friday   27 November 2020

Indictment hearing in Khaleda’s Niko graft case Nov 24

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:24 PM, 20 October 2020  

Khaleda Zia

Khaleda Zia

A court set November 24 to hold a hearing on charge framing in Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others. 

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka 9th special judge court passed the order on Tuesday morning at the newly built courtroom in front of Keraniganj Central Jail. 

Today was fixed for holding a hearing on charge framing in the case, but prime accused Begum Khaleda Zia failed to appear before the court on health ground and made her lawyers plead for time. 

Allowing the defence plea, the court then adjourned the hearing till November 24.

On December 9 in 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five including Begum Khaleda Zia with Tejgaon police station for abusing power in signing a deal with Canadian company Niko for exploring and extracting gas.

Later, the ACC submitted the charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia on May 5 in 2008. The ACC accused them of incurring a loss of more than Tk 13,000 crore of state exchequer by that deal.