The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed August 1 for hearing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s two separate leave-to-appeal petitions against a High Court order that rejected her two revision petitions seeking cancellation of the lower court order rejecting her two petitions in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Justice Mirza Hossain Haider set the date and sent the petitions to the regular bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, for hearing, said Khaleda’s lawyer Badruddoza Badal. Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported.
On May 31, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the Supreme Court against the High Court order. The HC on May 15 rejected two revision petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. On April 17, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court-3, set up at the playground of Govt Alia Madrasah in the capital’s Bakshibazar, rejected the two petitions — one for cross-examining the investigation officer of the case again and the other for showing the case document under Section 172 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
The following day, Barrister Ragib Rouf Chowdhury, on behalf of the BNP chief, filed the two revision petitions with the High Court that also sought a stay on the case proceedings. On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
On January 16, 2012, Harun-or-Rashid, investigation officer of the case, submitted a chargesheet putting names of four people in the case.