The High Court (HC) on Thursday rejected a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking cancellation of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) against her.
An HC Bench comprising Justice Ruhul Kuddus and Justice Mahmudul Huq passed the order after hearing the petition which was filed on March 9 citing a procedural flaw of ACC in appointing investigation officer (IO) in the case.
The petition 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.
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 connection.
On August 8, 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.
The trail proceeding of Zia Charitable Graft Case is underway at the Special Judge Court-3 of Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar.
Our court correspondent adds: A new date has been fixed by a Dhaka court on Thursday giving Khaleda Zia time to defend herself in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The court also asked her to appear before it on April 17.