A Dhaka court on Thursday set May 13 for the charge framing hearing of Niko graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 10 others.
Judge Mahmudul Hasan of the Special Judge Court-9 accepted Khaleda’s non-appearance plea for today and passed the order, responding to a time plea filed by her lawyers.
The ACC filed the case in December 2007 over charges that Khaleda and several others abused power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko when she was PM between 2001 and 2006.
Former law minister Moudud Ahmed, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former acting energy secretary Khandaker Shahidul Islam and Kashem Sharif, vice-president (South Asia) of Niko Resources Bangladesh Ltd, were also sued in the case.
On June 18, the High Court rejected a petition filed by Khaleda challenging the legality of the opening and proceeding of the case.