Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda June 13...

Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda June 13

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:14 PM, 1 June 2022  

Khaleda Zia - File Photo

Khaleda Zia - File Photo

A Dhaka court today set June 13 for holding hearing on charge framing in the Barapukuria Coalmine graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others. 

Judge AHM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge's Court-2 is set to hold the hearing. Khaleda Zia's lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder confirmed the matter on Wednesday.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on February 26, 2008, 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 charge-sheet in the case.

They were accused of causing a loss of around Tk 159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding a contract for operation of Barapukuria Coalmine to a Chinese company through abuse of power.

The 16 accused are - 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 framing of the charges.