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SC dismisses Khaleda’s plea, Niko graft case to continue

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today dismissed a leave to appeal plea of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, challenging the High Court verdict that paved way for continuing the proceedings of Niko graft case.

A four-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order this morning.

"The Appellate Division has dismissed her leave to appeal plea and now there is no bar to continuing the proceedings of the case at the trial court," said Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Counsel Khorshed Alam.

Khaleda's lawyer AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, however, said they will take decision on whether to file a plea to review the SC order, later.

The High Court on June 18, 2015, rejected a plea of the BNP chief, challenging the legality of the case and pleading to quash the proceedings.

The court had also asked the BNP leader to surrender before the lower court, where the proceedings of the case are pending, within two months.

Khaleda on December 7, 2015, filed the leave to appeal plea with the Supreme Court through her counsel Barrister Khokon.

The ACC filed the case with Tejgaon police station on December 9, 2007, against five including Khaleda for abusing power to pen a dill with Canadian company Niko for exploring and extracting gas.

The ACC on May 5, 2008, submitted charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)