The Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka on Thursday deferred recording BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s statement in her defence under Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case to May 19.Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the Special Judge’s Court-3 set up at Bakshibazar in the old city fixed the new date upon a time petition filed by defence lawyer Advocate Sanaullah Mia on the ground of his client’s illness. The court also directed the BNP Chief to appear in the court on the next date. Earlier, the court deferred the same issue three times.
Meanwhile, two accused of the case, Monirul Islam Khan, former APS to Sadeque Hossain Khoka and former Director-in-Charge of BIWTA Ziaul Islam Munna have already pleaded not guilty in the case, and sought justice. Other accused, Harris Chowdhury is still on the run.
On August 8, 2011, ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid lodged the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against Khaleda and three others with Tejgaon Police Station on charges of embezzling Tk 31.5 million of the Zia Charitable Trust. The ACC submitted charge sheet in the case on January 16 in 2012.
Besides, the ACC lodged the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July, 2008, with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her son Tareque Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.