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HC: Finalize Barapukuria coal mine graft case within 6 months

  • Published at 08:30 pm February 25th, 2019
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The Anti- Corruption Commission filed the case with Shahbagh police station on February 26, 2008, accusing 16 people, including Khaleda and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues

The High Court on Monday ordered finalizing the Barapukuria coal mine corruption case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others, within six months.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued the order after rejecting a petition filed by Barrister Aminul Haq, an accused in the case, seeking cancellation of the case proceedings.

Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) while Deputy Attorney General Amin Uddin represented the state, and Barrister Anik R Haq stood for Aminul Haq.

Earlier, on January 31, Special Judges Court-2 Judge ASM Ruhul Imran postponed the hearing to February 26. 

The Anti- Corruption Commission filed the case with Shahbagh police station on February 26, 2008, accusing 16 people, including Khaleda and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues, of taking Tk 159 crore 71 lakh in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coal mine deal which was awarded to the highest bidder instead of the lowest one.

Among the 16 accused, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed were executed for their crimes against humanity, while former Finance Minister Saifur Rahman, BNP leader Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, and former Petrobangla chairman, AR Osmani, have already died.

On October 5, 2008, the ACC pressed charges against the accused in the Barapukuria graft case.

Following a petition filed by Khaleda, the High Court on October 16, 2008, stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule asking the ACC to explain why the case should not be scrapped.

On September 17, 2015, the High Court withdrew the stay order resuming the trial proceedings of the case.