Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Sept 25...

Coalmine graft: Indictment hearing against Khaleda Sept 25

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:25 PM, 13 June 2022  

Khaleda Zia - File Photo

Khaleda Zia - File Photo

A Dhaka court on Monday set September 25 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, set up inside Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj, reset the date. 

Today was scheduled for holding hearing in the case. But, Khaleda Zia could not appear in court as she was not physically fit. For this, his lawyer applied for time on behalf of the accused. Following the hearing, the judge granted the application and fixed a new date for the hearing. 

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.