Production warrant against Khaleda withdrawn

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Dhaka, June 04: A Dhaka court on Monday extended bail for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia until June 28 in Zia Charitable Trust graft case and withdrawn production warrant issued against her.Judge Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 set up in Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area passed the order after Khaleda’s lawyers submitted a petition seeking extension of her bail and withdrawal of production warrant against her.

Earlier, the court on May 10 fixed June 4 to conduct hearing on the case and ordered the concerned authorities to produce Khaleda before it on the day.

But, Khaleda was not produced before the court on Monday as she was “physically sick”, according to jail authorities.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station in August 2011, accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.

Khaleda who landed in jail on February 8 as she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case, another graft case against her.

The ACC filed the graft case with Ramna Police Station in July 2008, accusing the six of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that came from a foreign bank as grants for orphans.