Court rejects Khaleda’s 2 petitions in Zia Charitable graft case

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Dhaka, April 17: A court in Dhaka rejected a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to cross examine against the investigation officer of Zia Charitable Trust graft case on Sunday.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order finding “no ground” after hearing.

Khaleda Zia’s lawyer submitted the petition before the court in presence of Khaleda.

Earlier around 10:45am, Khaleda appeared before the court set up at Bakshibazar.

On April 7, the High Court cleared the way for a lower court to continue the trial proceedings after rejecting Khaleda’s petition.

On March 9, Khaleda challenged the legality of the appointment of Harunur Rashid, investigating officer of the case, saying that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had not published any gazette notice.

on August 8, 2011, the ACC, anti-graft body of the country, filed the case accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power in setting up the charity.

The other accused are Harris Chowdhury, Khaleda’s former political secretary, Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) of Harris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka. Of them, Harris is on the run.

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