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Graft Cases: Hearing on Khaleda's four petitions begins
Published : Monday, 20 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 30

The High Court on Sunday started hearing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's four separate petitions challenging the legality of Gatco and Niko graft cases as well as seeking quashing of Barapukuria graft case filed against her.
An HC bench comprising Justice Nd Nuruzzaman and Justice Zafar Ahmed heard the appeals and fixed Wednesday for the next hearing.
Barrister Badurddoza Badal appeared for Khaleda during the hearing.
Among the four appeals, two were lodged challenging the legality of Gatco graft case and against the inclusion of the case under the Emergency Power Rules.
Another appeal also challenged the legality of Niko graft case while the rest was for dismissing the Barapukuria graft case.
Earlier on April 7, Chief Justice SK Sinha formed the bench for hearing the four cases after the HC bench comprising Justice Moinul Islam and Justice JBM Hassan, which was hearing the Barapukuria graft case, sent the case to the Chief Justice on April 5.
The move by the HC bench of Justice Moinul Islam and Justice JBM Hasan came following the filing of appeal by Khaleda to the seeking transfer of the cases from the bench.
On March 11, the BNP chief submitted the no-confidence application to the Chief Justice through her lawyers, saying she might not get proper justice from the bench of Moinul Islam and Justice JBM Hassan as one of the lawyers of the bench took part in the Supreme Court Bar election under the ruling party banner.
The ACC on December 9, 2007 filed the Niko graft case against Khaleda and four others in connection with a Tk 137.77 loss of the national exchequer caused by the signing of an oil-gas exploration agreements with Niko during the previous BNP regime.
Later, on May 5, 2008, it submitted charges against 11 persons.
On Sept 2, 2007, the ACC filed the Gatco graft case against Khaleda and 12 others for causing a loss of Tk 145.64 crore to the national exchequer by allegedly awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka's Inland Container Depot to Gatco.    ?UNB

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