SC orders to continue Barapukuria graft case against Khaleda Zia

DHAKA, May 28, 2017 (BSS)- The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today upheld the High Court (HC) verdict that had reject the appeal challenging legality of the trial proceedings in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case against former premier and also BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

A four-member bench of Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order.

Prosecution said there is no legal bar to continue the trial in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case against Khaleda Zia.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam moved for the state while senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali for Khaleda Zia.

Earlier on September 17, 2016, the HC rejected the petition filed by Khaleda Zia challenging legality of continuing trial proceedings of the case against her. She later filed a leave to appeal petition with the SC against the HC verdict.

Assistant director (AD) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case, against Khaleda Zia and 15 others on charges of causing a loss of Taka 159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding a contract to a Chinese company to operate Barapukuria coalmine.

On October 16, 2008, a HC bench stayed the trial proceedings in the Barapukuria coalmine case and issued a rule which was later vacated upon completion of hearing. Khaleda Zia filed a appeal against the verdict.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)