BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia appears to a Dhaka court today (Monday) in the Niko graft case filed against her and four others in 2007.BNP Chairperson’s counsel Sanaullah Miah said the BNP leader would appear to the Special Judge’s Court-9 of Dhaka in the morning. The lawyer also said that
his client would submit a petition seeking bail in the case.
On June 18, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court rejected a petition of Khaleda Zia that challenged the legality of Niko graft case against her. The HC bench comprising Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order.
The bench also asked the BNP Chief to surrender to the subordinate court within two months after receiving the order of the court.
ACC lawyer M Khurshed Alam Khan told newsmen that with the rejection of the petition by the apex court there remains no legal bar to continue the trial of the graft case against Khaleda Zia.
The ACC on December 9, 2007 filed the Niko graft case against Khaleda Zia and four others in connection with a loss of Tk 137.77 to the national exchequer caused by the signing of an oil-gas exploration agreement with the Canadian company Niko during the previous BNP regime. Later on May 5, 2008, the charge sheet of the case was submitted to the court against 11 people.
Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court Division challenging the legality of the case against her. Later on July 9, 2008, the apex court adjourned the proceedings of the case.