Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Mar 6...

Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Mar 6

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:42 PM, 20 January 2022   Updated: 04:19 PM, 20 January 2022

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia; File Photo

A Dhaka court today hs fixed March 6 for holding a hearing on charge framing in the Barapukuria Coalmine graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 9 others.

Today was fixed for holding the indictment hearing, but Begum Khaleda Zia failed to appear before the court because of her ‘poor health condition’. 

Accepting a time plea filed by the defence, Judge AHM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge Court-2 adjourned the hearing till March 6. 

On February 26, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the graft case against Khaleda Zia and 15 others with Shahbagh Police Station. ACC deputy director Md Abul Kashem Fokir on October 5, 2008, filed a chargesheet in 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. 

The accused in the case are – Begum Khaleda Zia, M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, MK Anwar, M Shamsul Islam, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Barrister Aminul Huq, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam, SR Osmani, Moinul Ahsan, Md Sirajul Islam and Moazzem Hossain.

Of the 16, convicted war criminals Nizami and Mojaheed have been hanged and four others have died of natural causes and their names are expected to be dropped from the case during the framing of the charges.