The jail authorities on Monday did not produce BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia before a Dhaka special judge’s court in Gatco graft case due to her illness.
Assistant civil surgeon Dr Mahmudur Rahman of Dhaka Central Jail informed Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-3 that Khaleda Zia is sick as to why they did not produce her before the court in the case.Besides, Khaleda’s counsel Masud Ahmed Talukder told the court that the hearing should be adjourned as all the accused, including Khaleda Zia, should be present at the court during the hearing on charge framing.
Public prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kazal, however, argued for holding the hearing on behalf of other accused.
After both sides’ hearing, Judge Abu Syed Dilzar Hossain deferred the hearing on charge framing against Khaleda Zia and 16 other accused till April 17 in the case.
On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Gatco graft case against Khaleda Zia and other accused on charges of causing loss of Tk 145.64 crore to the national exchequer, allegedly by awarding the contract of container handling at Chittagong (now Chattogram) port and Inland Container Depot of Dhaka to Gatco.
On May 13, 2008, the ACC submitted the charge sheet against Khaleda Zia and 23 others in the case.
Seven out of the 24 accused, including Khaleda Zi’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, were dropped from the charge sheet following their deaths on different dates.