Graft case: Khaleda asked to appear before court Feb 2

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was asked to appear before a Dhaka court on Thursday in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of Special Judge Court-3 passed the order after hearing arguments from prosecution and defence in presence of Khaleda today.

The court also adjourned the hearing of the case till Thursday (February 2). It will further hear the petition filed by Khaleda seeking further investigation into the case on the same date.

Earlier in the day, Khaleda’s lawyer submitted the petition saying that investigation into the case conducted earlier by the ACC was faulty, Taherul Islam Touhid, one of her lawyers, told The Daily Star.

On January 26, the court fixed today (January 30) as the date of hearing and asked the BNP chairperson to appear before it. In case she fails to comply, her bail would be cancelled, the court warned.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique, who is residing in the UK since 2008, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that was received as grant for orphans from a foreign bank.

BNP’s Abdus Salam falls sick

BNP chairperson’s advisor Abdus Salam felt sick at a Dhaka court today when he went there with Khaleda Zia.

He was admitted to Holy Family Hospital in Dhaka, said Syrul Kabir Khan, a staff of BNP chairperson's media wing.

“When Abdus Salam was feeling uncomfortable around 11:00am, party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir took him to the hospital,” he said.

source: Dailly star