A Dhaka court on Monday fixed April 13 for next proceedings against all accused, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in Barapukuria graft case for submission of the High Court order.
Responding to a time petition, Judge Hosna Ara Begum of Dhaka Special Judge's Court-2 passed the order on Monday.
The court, however, summoned three other accused in the case -- Dr Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, who are now in jail -- and asked the concerned authorities to produce them before it on that day.
Khaleda's counsel Advocate Sanaullah Miah moved the time petition seeking adjournment of the proceedings as another petition challenging the legality of the case remains pending before the High Court for order.
The HC order was supposed to be submitted to the trial court today (Monday).
Advocate Sanaullah informed the court that an HC division bench of Justice M Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan, on Sunday rescheduled April 5 for order on its long-pending rule asking the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to explain why the case filed against Khaleda Zia should not be quashed. On February 26, 2008, during a state of emergency, the ACC filed the case with Shahbagh police station accusing 16 people, including the BNP chief.
The former prime minister and 15 others are accused of causing the state exchequer a loss of about Tk 158 crore 71 lakh by signing a deal with the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) to operate, manage, and maintain the Barapukuria coal mine. The High Court on October 16, 2008, stayed the case proceedings for three months following a petition by Khaleda seeking the quashing of the case. It also issued a rule asking why the case should not be dismissed. Khaleda, however, secured a permanent bail in the case on Jan 15, 2012.