Niko graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Zia Jan 18...

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Niko graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda deferred till Jan 18

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:32 PM, 7 December 2021   Updated: 12:33 PM, 7 December 2021

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo

A Dhaka court today has adjourned the hearing on charge framing in Niko graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others till January 18. 

Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka 9th Special Judge Court passed the order on Tuesday.

On the day, Khaleda Zia could not appear in court as she was ill. Her lawyer pleaded for time to adjourn the hearing. The court granted the petition and fixed a new date for the hearing.  

On December 9 in 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a 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. 

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 crores 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 Yusuf Hossain, Mir Moinul Haque, Md Shafiur Rahman, Gias Uddin Al Mamun, MAH Selim and Kashem Sharif.