SC dismisses Khaleda’s plea for fresh investigation in graft case

SC dismisses Khaleda’s plea for fresh investigation in graft case

DHAKA, July 2, 2017  – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today dismissed a petition of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, pleading for fresh investigation on the source of money in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

“A four-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order with some observations, while disposing of the matter.

After the order, there is no legal bar in continuing the case against the accused at the lower court,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) counsel Khurshid Alam Khan told the newsmen.

Earlier on March 9, The High Court rejected a petition of the BNP chief for reinvestigating a part of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against her and five others.

Khaleda Zia in her petition, had pleaded for reinvestigation of the source of the money, which was allegedly embezzled by six including Khaleda.

The BNP leader subsequently filed an appeal with the apex court against the High Court order. The Appellate Division after hearing on the plea disposed of the matter, upholding the earlier judgement of the High Court.

The ACC on July 3, 2008, filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station, accusing Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others for embezzlement of over Taka 2.10 crore brought from abroad and meant to be spent for the orphans.

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