A Dhaka court on Monday asked BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before the court on May 5 to give a statement in her own defence in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The court also asked Khaleda’s lawyers to ensure her appearance before the court on the next date, as she did not turn up on Monday, the day fixed by the court earlier.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-3 passed the order after adjourning the trial proceedings until May 5 following a time petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah.
Khaleda did not appear before the court due to her illness. Her lawyer filed a non-appearance petition seeking time and mentioning her illness.
On March 31, the court concluded the recording of depositions of prosecution witnesses in the charitable trust case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The court recorded depositions of 32, out of 36 prosecution witnesses including Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy director of the ACC and also the investigation officer and plaintiff of the case.
The ACC filed the case with Tejgoan police station on August 8, 2011 against four people, including Khaleda Zia, on charges of collecting Tk 6.19 crore for the Zia Charitable Trust through abuse of power.