BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday filed a petition with the High Court pleading for cancellation of the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) against her.
Her counsel Mahbub Uddin Khokon filed the plea citing 'irregularities' in the appointment of the investigating officer (IO) in the case, which is now almost in the final stage.
The trial is being held at the court of Dhaka's Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar, which has already completed the witnesses' depositions. Cross-examination of the last witness is in progress now.
The petition filed with the HC on Wednesday said the ACC has the right to appoint an IO in any case under section 20 (1) of ACC Act-2004. Besides, a gazette notification should be published in this regard, it said.
But in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case the ACC recruited IO Harunur Rashid, violating the act as it did not issue any gazette notification in this regard, said Mahbub Uddin Khokon.
The petition also sought to issue a rule asking the government why the Zia Charitable Trust graft case should not be cancelled following faulty recruitment of its IO.
The petition will be moved at the HC bench comprising Justice Ruhul Kuddus and Justice Mahmudul Huq on Monday next.
On 8 August 2010, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid, also an investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused on 16 January 2012.