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Zia charitable graft: Khaleda challenges court order

  • Published at 06:00 pm August 19th, 2013

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has filed a petition with the High Court seeking cancellation of a lower court order that decided to consider the charges against her in a graft case involving the Zia Charitable Trust.

“The petition was filed as there was no specific allegation against the BNP chief in the case. In addition, the case could not be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947. It might be tried under the Stamp Act, 1899, as the case alleged evasion of stamp duty regarding the registration of a building purchased for the charitable trust,” Raghib Rauf Chowdhury, a counsel of Khaleda, told the Dhaka Tribune Monday.

He said the petition was filed on Saturday, and it would be placed before the High Court after September 14.

On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission registered the graft case with Tejgaon police station, accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power in raising funds for the trust.

A lower court on January 15 took the charges into cognizance.

On Sunday, a Dhaka court deferred until September 16 the charge-framing hearing in the case for the sixth time. Mahbub Uddin Khokon, a lawyer for Khaleda, sought the adjournment on the grounds that the quashment petition was pending before the High Court.