BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has reached a Dhaka court to attend hearing in two corruption cases on Zia orphanage and charitable trusts.
She reached the court at Bakshibazar just after 10am on Thursday.
The former prime minister is accused in ‘Zia Orphanage Trust’ and ‘Zia Charitable Trust’ graft cases.
These cases centre round alleged siphoning off funds from the charities, for which Khaleda stands accused.She attended the last hearing on June 18.
The cases were started during the rule of the last military-backed caretaker gov ernment in 2008.
The then Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Director Harun-Ur-Rashid is the plaintiff of both cases.
Similar cases started during the caretaker government rule against leaders of the ruling party have been withdrawan on the ground of their being political in nature.
The court on Thursday fixed August 3 for the next hearing in two corruption cases filed against BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia and others after partially recording partially the cross examinations of the complainant of the cases.
Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, council of Khaleda Zia, cross-examined Harun-or-Rashid, Deputy Director of the Anti Corruption Commission for one and a half hours in the Zia Charitable graft case. The proceedings of both the cases began at about 10:30 am.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia reached the makeshift court of Dhaka’s Special Judge Court-3 set up at Bakshibazar’s Alia Madrasa playground at 10.10 am.
She waited out inside her vehicle until the trial proceedings begun. Earlier, she set out from her Gulshan house at about 9:30 am.
According to the charge sheet of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, Begum Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman and four others embezzled Tk 2.1 crore forming the charity that allegedly exists only on paper.
The docket of the other, Zia Charitable Trust graft case say that the BNP Chief and three others abused power to collect Tk 6.19 crore for this trust during the BNP-led government’s tenure of 1991-1996. The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed both the cases.
Khaleda Zia did not appear to the court on 56 out of 63 dates on different excuses in two cases. – Special Correspondent
– News Desk