Graft case in Zia orphanage case deferred again

Graft case in Zia orphanage case deferred again

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A Dhaka court on Sunday deferred the hearing on charge framing in the
Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases against BNP
Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others until October 27.
Judge Md Motahar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order
after hearing on separate time petitions of Khaleda’s lawyers Advocate
Sanaullah Miah and Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder.
Both lawyers mentioned that the Opposition leader could not appear
before the court as she is busy due to ongoing session of the
parliament.
On January 15, Metropolitan Senior Special Judges’ Mohammad Zahurul
Haque took cognisance of the charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda
Zia and three others in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case and sent
the case document to the Special Judge Court-3 for trial.
Other three accused in the case are Khaleda’s former political
secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former assistant personal secretary
Ziaul Islam Munna and Manirul Islam Khan, former personal secretary
of mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation, Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
Harris Chowdhury left the country in 2007 and has been staying abroad.
He was identified as a fugitive in the charge sheet.
Ziaul Islam and Monirul Islam Khan are on bail. On August 8, 2011, the
ACC filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station  accusing the four,
including Begum Khaleda Zia of abusing power in raising  funds for the
trust from unknown sources.
ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid also the Investigation Officer (IO)
of the case, submitted the charge sheet against the accused on January
16, 2012.
A 42-katha land in the city’s Kakrail area had been bought from a
person, Suraiya Khanam, in January 2005 at Tk 65.2 million. The ACC
found that Tk 12.5 million of the total money was earned beyond the
known sources of income of the Zia Charitable Trust.
The ACC filed the other case, the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case
on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her
son Tarique Rahman and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10
crore which came as grants from a foreign bank for the orphans.
On August 5, 2010, ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid submitted the
charge sheet in the case against six people, including Khaleda Zia.
The other accused of the case are: Mominur Rahman, nephew of Ziaur
Rahman, Khaleda’s former principal secretary Dr Kamaluddin Siddique,
former BNP MP Kazi Salimul Haque and Sarfuddin Ahmed.
Tarique Rahman left the country for London after obtaining bail from
the Supreme Court in 2008. – Court Correspondent

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