BNP activists are clashing with Government supporters while Khaleda appears before court at Bakshibazar
Dhaka, 24 December 2012, Nirapad News: BNP activists are clashing with Government supporters outside a makeshift court in Dhaka, which was holding hearing in two graft cases against the party chief Khaleda Zia in her presence. Police fired tear shells at the activists to contain the situation.
Khaleda Zia appeared before the newly appointed Judge of Special Judge Court-3 Abu Ahmed Jamadar around 12:25pm.
Earlier on December 18, the government transferred Judge Bashudev Roy, who had been dealing with two corruption cases against Khaleda and eight others, midway through the trial following Khaleda’s repeated request to the High Court expressing no confidence to him. The government however said the move was done under “routine framework.”
Judge Md Abu Ahmed Jomadar, a district judge and joint secretary to the law ministry, replaced Roy on December 22.
The court headed by Roy framed charges against Khaleda, her son and BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and seven others in the two graft cases on March 19.
She filed two writ petitions with the HC, challenging the legality of the appointment of Bashudev to the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka. The HC rejected her petitions and the Appellate Division upheld the HC orders.
Khaleda then sought transfer of the cases to another judge’s court.
Judge Bashudev on December 17 recorded depositions in the corruption cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, and fixed today (December 24) for further recording.
The anti-graft body filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in 2009 against seven people in connection with embezzlement of over Tk 2.1 crore. The other case was filed in 2011 accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power in setting up the charitable trust.