Barapukuria graft case order deferred
15 March 2015, Nirapad News: The High Court Sunday re-fixed April 5 to deliver the order on its long-pending rule asking the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to explain why the Barapukuria graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others should not be quashed.
An HC bench comprising Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hasan passed the deferment order on Sunday.
In 2008 during a state of emergency, the anti graft body filed the case accusing ex- Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and others, including her former 10 cabinet colleagues.
According to case statement, the government had loss about Tk 159 crore on the Barapukuria Coalmine deal awarded to the second highest bidder CMC instead of the lowest one.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia, also former Prime Minister, filed a writ petition challenging the validity of filing of the case.
On October 16, 2008 the High Court had stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule upon the ACC to explain why the case filed against the accused should not be invalidated. Khaleda secured a permanent bail in the case.
ACC deputy director Shamsul Alam filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on February 26, 2008 and the charge sheet was submitted on October 5