High Court on Sunday directed the trial court to complete trial of Gatco corruption case against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others by six months.
The court issued the directive after vacating the stay on the proceedings against to other accused–Syed Galib Ahmed and Syed Tanvir Ahmed of the case.
The court also directed Tanvir and Galib to surrender before the court within two weeks.
The proceedings of the Gatco case would now resume following the HC direction, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told reporter.
The case has been stayed since July 29, 2007.
Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court is scheduled for January3, 2019 to hear framing the charge against Khaleda Zia and 23 others.
On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission had filed the Gatco graft case against Khaleda and 12 others for causing a loss of Tk 145.64 crore to the national exchequer by allegedly awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka’s Inland Container Depot to Gatco.
On September 27, 2007, Khaleda had filed a petition with the HC challenging the legality of the inclusion of the case under the Emergency Powers Act and seeking a stay order on the trial proceedings.
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