A Dhaka court on Sunday fixed October 31 for holding hearing on charge framing in Barapukuria Coal Mine corruption case filed against 16 people including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Sunday was fixed for holding the indictment hearing, but judge AHM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge Court-2 fixed the fresh date as Khaleda Zia once again failed to appear before the court citing health ground.
ACC on October 5, 2008, submitted a charge-sheet against 16 people in the case filed on charges of causing a loss of Tk159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding a contract for operation of Barapukuria Coalmine to a Chinese company through abuse of power.
The other 15 accused are- M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, MK Anwar, M Shamsul Islam, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Barrister Aminul Huq, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam, SR Osmani, Moinul Ahsan, Md Sirajul Islam and Moazzem Hossain.
Of the 16 accused, convicted war criminals Nizami and Mojaheed were hanged and four others died of natural causes and their names are expected to be dropped from the case during the charge framing.