Barapukuria Graft

Indictment hearing against Khaleda Sept 5

19 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Thursday set September 5 to hold the hearing on charge-framing in Barapukuria Coalmine graft case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda and others, reports BSS.

Thursday was fixed for holding hearing on the matter, but the jail authorities could not produce prime accused Khaleda Zia before the temporary court raised in newly constructed building in front of Keraniganj Central Jail, as she is undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital.

Judge AHM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge Court-2 then deferred the hearing till September 5.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on February 26, 2008 filed the graft case against Khaleda Zia and 15 others with Shahbagh Police Station in the capital.

They were accused of causing a loss of Taka 159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding a contract for operation of Barapukuria coalmine to a Chinese company through abuse of power.

Of the 16, six have already died and their names are expected to be dropped from the case while framing of the charges.