The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a lower court to continue trial proceedings of the Gatco graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The three-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed a leave to appeal filed by Khaleda on Monday.
The Supreme Court concluded the hearing of the appeal on Sunday, reports UNB.
On May 10, 2016, Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the High Court order that rejected two petitions challenging the legality of the Gatco graft case and its inclusion under the Emergency Powers Act.
On August 5, 2015, the High Court rejected the two writ petitions.
On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Gatco graft case against Khaleda, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and 10 others for causing a loss of Tk145.64 crore to the national exchequer by allegedly awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka's Inland Container Depot to Gatco.
Khaleda on September 27, 2007 filed a petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the inclusion of the case under the Emergency Powers Act and seeking a stay order on the trial proceedings.
In 2008, a High Court bench issued a rule and stayed the trial proceedings after hearing the petition of the BNP chief.
In the same year, the proceedings of the graft case were stayed again as Khaleda filed another petition challenging the legality of the case.