A Dhaka court yesterday granted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia bail upon her surrender in the Niko graft case.
Judge Md Aminul Islam of the Special Judge’s Court 9 granted the bail after Khaleda appeared before his court in response to a High Court order that discharged petitions challenging the legality of the reopening and proceeding of the case.
Judge Aminul placed the former prime minister in custody of her legal counsel for a Tk1 lakh bond fee.
The judge also fixed December 28 for the next hearing in the case, when the charge will be framed against the accused.
The ACC filed the case against Khaleda and 10 others on December 9, 2007, for allegedly causing a loss of Tk13,777 crore to the state by awarding a gas exploration job to Canadian company Niko Resources. The job was awarded when Khaleda was prime minister between 2001 and 2006.
Appearing before the court yesterday, Khaleda filed a bail petition detailing why the case against her was politically motivated.
Her counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain told the court that the BNP chief had never misused her bail. He also alleged that the case was politically motivated as it was filed by the military-backed “1/11 government.”