Niko case: SC to hear Khaleda’s pleas Oct 31

Niko case: SC to hear Khaleda’s pleas Oct 31

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Dhaka: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will hear on October 31 BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s leave-to-appeal petition in the Niko graft case.
SC vocation chamber judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique fixed the date on Sunday and sent the petition at the regular bench of the apex court. UNB News Agency Reported.
On June 18, 2015, the HC rejected a petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of the Niko graft case against her.
The BNP chief filed the leave-to-appeal petition on December 8 of the same year challenging the legality of the HC order.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Advocate Ragib Rauf Chowdhury stood for Khaleda Zia while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).
Meanwhile, the trial court fixed October 17 for hearing the charge-framing against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others in the Niko graft 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 by the signing of an oil-gas exploration agreement with Niko during the previous BNP regime.
Later on May 5, 2008, it submitted chargesheet against 11 people.
Khaleda filed the petition with the HC challenging the legality of the case against her.
Later on July 9, 2008, the High Court adjourned the proceedings of the case.

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