:: Peoples Time Online ::
The court has adjourned the indictment hearing of BNP leader Khaleda Zia’s Gatco graft case and set June 18 for hearing. The court set the new date after talking with Khaleda’s lawyer about her illness.
On Tuesday, a special court set up in Keraniganj jail fixed the date for the hearing. The day was originally fixed for hearing the formation of the charges. But the lawyers of the accused pleaded to delay the formation of the charges.
They said in the hearing, “Khaleda Zia is admitted to the hospital. She was not produced before the court. So, the hearing of the allegations should be delayed. After the hearing of both the sides, the Special Judge of the Dhaka Special Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain fixed the next hearing on June 18 for adjournment adjacent to the second building in Keraniganj Jail.
The case was going on for a long time in the special court established in Aliya Madrasa field of Old Dhaka.
Khaleda Zia is currently undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for several critical complications including knee problems. Earlier, she had a date for the hearing but was not produced before the court due to illness.
On February 2, 2007, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the GATCO case against 13 people, including Khaleda Zia, in the Tejgaon Police Station in the capital. ACC deputy director Golam Shahriar Chowdhury plaintiffs case
It is alleged that the Global Agro Trade Company (GATCO) has been awarded the work of Handling the Container of Chittagong Port through misuse of power and corruption.
Through this, the state lost about Tk one crore. On May 13, 2008, ACC deputy director Zahirul Huda filed chargesheet against Khaleda Zia and 24 others. Six of them died.