The Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka on Thursday fixed May 19 to cross-examine complainant Harun-or-Rashid on behalf of BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tareque Rahman in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Judge Abu Ahmed Jamader of the court passed the order fixing the new date after hearing on a time petition, submitted on behalf of the defence. Earlier, Advocate Sanaullah Mia filed a petition on behalf of Tareque Rahman’s lawyer Barrister Fakhrul Islam that has cited that Barrister Fakhrul could not appear in the court to cross-examine the complainant of the case as he is busy with some important family activities.
On April 28, Begum Khaleda Zia’s council completed cross-examining Harun-or-Rashid. Besides, Advocate Sanaullah Mia appeared to the court on behalf of the BNP Chief as she could not come to the office on Thursday.
On July 3, 2008, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the graft case against Khaleda Zia, Tareque Rahman, former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque, businessperson Sharfuddin Ahmed, Khaleda Zia’s former Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and former President Ziaur Rahman’s nephew Momenur Rahman with Ramna Model Police Station accusing them of misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore, which came as grant from a foreign bank for orphans.