A Dhaka court yesterday deferred recording the depositions of the witnesses in the Zia Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases to October 21 after the proceedings of the cases on Thursday.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of Dhaka’s Special Judge Court-3 fixed the new date in response to a time petition filed by the lawyers of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. She is now in London for her treatment.
On Thursday the court recorded the statements of six witnesses in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The witnesses include DGM of Sonali Bank Dr Hafizur Rahman, the bank’s AGM M Amir Uddin and Senior Executive Officer Poritosh Chandra Dey, Standard Chartered Bank branch manager Nawshad Mohammad, relationship manager Amirul Islam and its customer service manager Olok Kanti Chakrabarti. Later, Defence counsel TM Akbar cross-examined the witnesses. However, no witness testified on Thursday in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah appeared to the court on his behalf. Former MP of Magura Qazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin were present at the courtroom.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid and also an Investigation Officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet of the case against the accused on January 16, 2012.
Besides, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans. On August 5, 2010, Harunur Rashid submitted the charge sheet of the case to the court in the case against six people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.