Indictment hearing in Khaleda’s Niko graft case on Nov 4...

Dhaka, Monday   18 October 2021

Indictment hearing in Khaleda’s Niko graft case on Nov 4

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:23 PM, 5 October 2021  

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia

A Dhaka court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on charge framing in Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others till November 5. 

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka 9th special judge court passed the order as the defence started their part of hearing but failed to conclude it today.

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

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

The other accused in the case are - Barrister Moudud Ahmed, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Eusuf Hossain, Mir Moinul Haque, Md Shafiur Rahman, Gias Uddin Al Mamun, MAH Selim and Kashem Sharif.