A Dhaka court on Thursday deferred the cross-examination of the Investigation Officer of the Zia Charitabe Trust graft case to March 31 in absence of the BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia.Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka yesterday passed the order after the day’s cross-examination of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Harun-ur-Rashid and also the Investigation Officer of the case by the lawyer of accused Monirul Islam.
Meanwhile, Begum Khaleda Zia could not appear to the court due to her illness. In her absence, advocates Sanaullah Mia, Joinul Abedin Mesbah and Zia Uddin Zia represented her in the court.
The Zia Charitable Trust graft case was filed with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaledea Zia of abusing power in raising funds for trust from unknown sources on August 8, 2011.
Before this, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Model Police Station against Khaleda Zia, her son Tareque Rahman and four other for embezzling more than Tk 2.10 crore, which was sent from abroad as grants for orphans.