Khaleda's trial in Niko graft case to continue

Khaleda’s trial in Niko graft case to continue


Dhaka – The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday rejected the leave-to-appeal petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking a stay on the trial proceedings in the Niko corruption case against her.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed the order. The SC started the hearing on the petition on November 20 and fixed today (November 24) for delivering the order.Following the order, now there is no legal bar to continue the trial proceedings in the Niko corruption case against her.
On June 18, 2015, the High Court cleared the way for trial proceedings to resume in the case against Khaleda rejecting her petition eight years ago that had challenged the legality of the case.
The ACC on December 9, 2007 filed the Niko graft case against Khaleda and four others in connection with a Tk 137.77 loss to the national exchequer caused with the signing of an oil-gas exploration agreement with Niko during the previous BNP rule.
Later on May 5, 2008, it submitted a chargesheet against 11 people. Khaleda filed a petition with the HC challenging the legality of the case against her.
On July 9, 2008, the High Court adjourned the proceedings of the case. – UNB
BNP leaders allege that all cases filed by the last caretaker government between 2007 and 2008 against AL leavers have been dropped on the ground of their being political but similar cases against BNP leaders have multiplied.


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