The Dhaka Divisional Court on Sunday framed charges against former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mayor and BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka and three others in a case filed for his alleged corruption in leasing a car park.Judge M Ataur Rahman of the court passed the order in absence of Khoka and fixed February 15 next to begin the trial with recording the depositions of the witnesses.
Three other accused are- the then DCC Unique Complex Shop Owners’ Association President Abdul Baten Nakib, its General Secretary Mahmud Hasan Azad and car park Manager HM Tarek.
On June 24, a subordinate court issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP leader Khoka as he did not appear to the court during hearing on the day.
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Nur Hossain and also the Investigation Officer of the case submitted the charge sheet of the case to the court against the four accused on November 11, 2012.
On February 15, 2012, ACC Assistant Director M Mahbubul Alam lodged the case with Shahbagh Police Station on charge of misappropriating Tk 30.82 lakh from the car parking project.
According to the prosecution, Dhaka City Corporation invited a tender in 2003 to lease out Banani Unique Complex’s basement as car parking. The DCC had been deprived of over Tk 30.82 lakh from February, 2003 to February 2011 as then mayor Khoka in connivance with other accused persons adjourned the tender process.