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SC rejects Khaleda's plea to reinvestigate Zia orphanage case

  • Published at 02:36 pm July 2nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:46 pm July 2nd, 2017

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order rejecting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's appeal seeking to reinvestigate part of the Zia Orphanage Graft case against her. On Sunday a four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after hearing a leave to appeal filed by Khaleda's lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali, a former attorney general, challenging the High Court order. Lawyers said that with this order, all the obstacles to carrying on the trial in the lower court have been removed. Khurshid Alam Khan, an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer, said that the Appellate Division had rejected the leave to appeal after a few observations, which will be disclosed after receiving the full copy of the order. The observation may contain some directives about the dockets which state the source of the money. On March 9 this year, the HC rejected Khaleda's prayer seeking a fresh probe into a part of Zia Orphanage corruption case against her that she filed on March 1, specifically focusing on the source of the money in the orphanage fund. The former prime minister claimed that the charge sheet said that the money in the trust came from Saudi Arabia, insisting that it actually came from Kuwait in her plea. On July 3, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against six people, including Khaleda and her eldest son and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, for allegedly misusing Tk2.1 crore from the funds of the Zia Orphanage Trust. In addition, in 2011, the ACC accused the BNP chief and three others of misappropriating Tk3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust Fund. The orphanage case is under trial at the Dhaka Special Judges Court 3.