A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned hearing of the Barapukuria coal mine graft case until May 16, as BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was not produced before it due to illness.
Khaleda Zia is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said jail authorities.
As she was not produced, judge ASM Ruhul Imran of the Special Judge Court-2 of Dhaka adjourned the hearing of charge framing against Khaleda and seven others.
The death report of another accused, Barrister Aminul Haque, was yet to reach the court.
Seven other accused, who are currently out on bail, were present at the makeshift court set up at Alia Madrasa in Bakshibazar of Old Dhaka.
On October 5, 2008, ACC pressed charges against Khaleda and 15 others in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case. Eight of the accused, including M Saifur Rahman, have since died.
ACC filed the case with Shahbagh police accusing 16 people including Khaleda and ten of her former cabinet colleagues, of taking Tk 159 crore in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coal mine deal.