20 Mar 2023, 14:37

Indictment hearing in Khaleda's coal mine graft case May 29

DHAKA, March 20, 2023 (BSS) - A court here today set May 29 for holding
hearing on charge framing in the Barapukuria Coalmine graft case against BNP
chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 10 others.

The date was announced by Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge
Court-2, as the defence lawyers pleaded for time on Begum Zia's poor health

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on February 26, 2008, filed the graft
case against Khaleda Zia and 16 others with Shahbagh Police Station.

ACC deputy director Md Abul Kashem Fokir on October 5, 2008, filed a charge-
sheet in the case.

They were accused of causing a loss of around Taka 159 crore to the state
exchequer by awarding a contract for operation of Barapukuria Coalmine to a
Chinese company through abuse of power.

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