April 12, 2017 - 3:06pm
Now the lower court can continue the trial
The High Court has scrapped a rule that stayed the trial proceedings of Niko corruption case against BNP leader Moudud Ahmed, clearing the way for continuing trial proceedings.
A bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath passed the order Wednesday.
Now the lower court can continue the trial proceedings against him.
On December 1, 2016, the High Court stayed the trial proceedings against Moudud for eight weeks.
The court also issued a rule asking the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the government to explain as to why the trial proceedings against Moudud should not be scrapped.
Later on December 11 of same year, Supreme Court Appellate Division directed the High Court to hear and dispose off the rule by January 19.
The ACC, on December 9, 2007, filed the case with Tejgaon police, accusing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and several others of abusing power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko during her time in office as the prime minister.
The other accused in the case include former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former acting energy secretary Khandaker Shahidul Islam and Kashem Sharif, vice-president (South Asia) of Niko Resources Bangladesh Ltd.
The ACC pressed charges against Khaleda and 10 others in May 2008.