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Graft cases against Khaleda Next hearing on Oct 13

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Court Correspondent A court here on Monday fixed October 13 for next hearing of the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others. After a short hearing, Judge Basudeb Roy of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order, rejecting six petitions filed by the defence lawyers seeking adjournment of the hearing in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. Khaleda Zia’s lawyers filed two petitions seeking adjournment of the two cases due to hartal and the lawyers boycott programme across the country today (Monday). Besides, the court also rejected the no-confidence petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer. Earlier, Harunur Rashid, deputy director of Anti Corruption Commission and also the investigation officer of the case, gave his deposition before the court from 12:30 pm to 12:40 pm. On March 19, the judge indicted Khaleda, her son and BNP’s senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, and seven others in the two cases. On August 8, 2011, the Anti Corruption Commission 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. The investigation officer of the case, ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid, pressed charges against the accused on January 16, 2012. The ACC 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, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore which came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans. On August 5, 2010, ACC deputy director Harunur Rashid submitted a charge-sheet to the court in the case against six people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.