HC directs lower court to dispose of within six months

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:42, Feb 25,2019 | Updated: 00:18, Feb 26,2019


The yard of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd. — UNB file photo

The High Court Division on Monday directed Dhaka’s Special Judge Court 2 to dispose of the Barapukuria Coal Mine case against detained former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 15 others within six months.
A bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued the directive after rejecting an application filed by Supreme Court lawyer and BNP leader Aminul Haque to quash the proceedings against him in the case.
Later, Anti-Corruption Commission’s lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters that the bench also issued a brief order directing the court of Dhaka’s Special Judge Court 2 to resume the proceedings in the case against Khaleda and 15 others today.
On May 28, 2017, the Appellate Division had upheld the High Court’s verdict that had ordered the trial court to resume Khaleda’s trial.
On February 26, 2008, the ACC filed the case alleging that the former prime minister and 15 others caused losses worth Tk 159 crore by awarding a contract a Chinese company to extract coal from the Barapukuria colliery.

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