The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the trial proceedings against BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed in Niko graft case for three months.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after hearing on an appeal filed by Moudud Ahmed seeking a stay on the trial proceedings of the case.
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told newsmen that the trial proceedings of Niko corruption graft case will remain stayed for three months as the court passed the stay order following Moudud’s appeal.
However, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister AM Mahbubuddin Khokon told newsmen that the proceedings of all the accused in the Niko graft case including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Moudud will remain stayed as an arbitration regarding the case running at a Paris court.
The ACC filed the case in 2007 on charges that Khaleda Zia and several others abused power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company, Niko when she was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006.