A Dhaka court has fixed April 26 for the charge frame hearing in the Barapukuria coal mine corruption case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, along with many others.
Judge Hosne Ara Begum gave the order at Dhaka's Special Judge Court 2 on Sunday.
The hearing date was previously set for Sunday. Confirming the matter, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia said he requested the court for more time citing that the case is currently pending at the High Court. The court rescheduled the hearing date and also instructed all the defendants to be present on April 26.
He said: “Khaleda Zia is currently in jail so we requested the court to postpone the date of hearing. The court has accepted the request.”
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case on February 26, 2008 against Khaleda and 15 others for causing a loss of Tk159 crore to the state exchequer by awarding the contract for operation of the Barapukuria mine to a Chinese company between June 2003 and June 2005, abusing power.
The charge sheet was pressed on October 5 the same year against the BNP chief and 15 other accused.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com