Verdict on Khaleda’s coal mine graft case on April 5
16 March 2015, Nirapad News: The High Court has rescheduled the date for the of verdict on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petition seeking the scrapping of the Barapukuria coal mine corruption case to April 5.
On Sunday, the bench of justices Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and J. B. M. Hassan fixed the date on Khaleda’s plea. The verdict was postponed as Khaleda’s lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon, a secretary contender of Supreme Court Bar Council’s executive committee was occupied with the poll that started at 10:00 am on Sunday.
Khokon is also the joint secretary general of BNP. Khaleda’s lawyer A J Mohammad Ali and Barrister Mohammad Badruddoza Badal said Khokon was the filing lawyer of the case and asked for more time after explaining his pre-occupation with the election.
The senior judge said two other petitions based on the same FIR have already been settled by two other HC benches. “But we want to hear both sides. We do not want to give a verdict without hearing the petitioner. You have come, we are giving you time. Start the hearing.