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Khaleda likely to be made defendant in Dandy Dyeing case

Update : 13 Mar 2015, 07:58 PM

BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia is likely to be made a defendant in a case filed against directors of Dandy Dyeing Limited for defaulting on a Tk45.49 crore loan.

Khaleda Zia’s sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko, among other directors of Dandy Dyeing, are defendants in the case filed by the state-owned Sonali Bank.

Arafat Rahman Koko died at his residence in Malaysia on January 24.

Following the death of Koko, the lawyers of Sonali Bank filed a petition with the court seeking inclusion of Khaleda Zia’s name in the case.

Jahangir Hossain, a counsel for Sonali Bank, said: “We filed the petition for the sake of justice following the death of Koko.”

According to court sources, on March 8, Sonali Bank Senior Executive Officer Nazrul Islam filed a petition with Dhaka Artha Rin Adalat 1 (money loan court).

The court’s acting judge Ruksana Parvin Happy fixed March 16 for hearing on the petition to decide whether to accept or reject the plea.

Himadri Kumar Mozumder, a civil lawyer, said: “As per law the plaintiff can file the petition seeking inclusion of Khaleda Zia in the case as the deceased Koko has no son.”

The other defendants are Dandy Dyeing Director Tarique Rahman’s business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun, his wife Shahina Begum, late Sayeed Iskander’s wife Nasrin Iskander and his sons Shams Iskander and Shafin Iskander and daughter Sumaiya Iskander, Gazi Galib Abdus Sattar, Shamsun Nahar and Masud Hassan.

According to the case statement, the defendants on February 24, 1993, applied for a loan for Dandy Dyeing. On May 9, the bank granted the loan.

On October 16, 2001, the bank’s governing body relieved the interests on the loan following an application from the defendants. Later, the loan was rescheduled.

The case was filed as the defendants did not repay the loan although the bank had issued a final notice on February 28, 2010 asking them to repay the money. 

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