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Court rejects Khaleda’s petition, adjourned till Apr 25

Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 on Sunday rejected a petition filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to cross examine again the investigation officer of Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The court also adjourned the court’s activities till April 25 asking the Khaleda’s lawyers to get an order from the High Court after they said they would file appeal against the rejection order.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar rejected Khaleda’s petition ‘no ground’.
The former prime minster reached the court along with her motorcades around 10:30am.
The court will read out the testimony of the witnesses of the state side before Khaleda and seek her comment on the statements, United News of Bangladesh reports.
On April 7, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-3, set up on the playground of Government Alia Madrassah in the capital’s Bakshibazar, fixed April 17 for the accused to appear before the court to defend themselves in the case.
The court also fixed April 21 for the deposition of the witnesses in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.
Earlier on August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission had 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.
Besides, the commission had filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.

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