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HC dismisses Khaleda’s plea for fresh deposition in graft case

DHAKA, Jan 12, 2017 (BSS) -The High Court (HC) today dismissed a revision petition by BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to record deposition of 32 prosecution witnesses afresh in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

"A High Court division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order this noon," a court official said.

The BNP leader earlier filed the plea, saying the witnesses were not made to take oath in line with the Oaths Act of 1873 and that is why their deposition is needed to be recorded afresh.

In today's order, the High Court however, asked attorney general and law secretary to make sure the taking of oath by the witnesses as per the act in the future in all the cases.

The proceeding of the graft case is going on at Special Judge Court-3.

Deputy Director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Harunur Rashid lodged the case against Khaleda and four others with Tejgaon Police Station on August 8 in 2011 for embezzling Taka 31.5 million from the trust.

A total of 32 prosecution witnesses including the investigation officer have testified in the case.

The three other accused in the case are BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, former DCC mayor Sadek Hossain Khokas personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan, Khaledas former political secretary Haris Chowdhury and BIWTA director Ziaul Islam Munna.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)