Graft case: Court seeks HC order on Khaleda plea

A special court has warned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia that if she fails to submit any High Court order on her petition on May 15, it will record her self-defence statement in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order after Khaleda’s lawyer submitted a petition seeking adjournment of the hearing as they have earlier submitted a writ petition with the HC for transfer of the case from his court.

The writ petition is now waiting for hearing, said Ziauddin Zia, one of her counsels, told The Daily Star.   

Earlier in the morning, Khaleda appeared before the court in connection with the case.

On March 8, the HC transferred the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case to the special court and asked it to complete the trial proceedings in 60 days.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on July 3, 2008, with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that was received as grants for orphans via a foreign bank.

source: Daily star