Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia will have to surrender before the court by the first week of January next in the Niko graft case as the High Court rejected her petition challenging the legality of the case.
Earlier on June 18 last, a High Court bench comprising Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order and asked the former prime minister to surrender before the court within two months of reception of the copy of the trial court order.
The case also has already reached the trial court.
Noting that the Anti Corruption Commission received the official copy of the order on November 8 last, its lawyer Khurshid Alam said the copy of the order must have been received on an earlier date, UNB reports.
Sources at the court confirmed about receiving of the copy of the order within the first week of the current month that implies the BNP chairperson will have to surrender before the court within the first week of January.
The ACC on December 9, 2007 filed the Niko graft case against Khaleda and four others in connection with a Tk 137.77 loss of the national exchequer caused by the signing of an oil-gas exploration agreement with Niko during the previous BNP regime.
Later on May 5, 2008, it submitted a chargesheet against 11 people.
Khaleda filed the petition with the HC challenging the legality of the case against her.