Hearing adjourned till today
The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned till today the hearing on the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman for quashing proceedings against them in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
An HC vacation bench of Justice AFM Abdur Rahman and Justice Md Rezaul Hasan fixed 10:30 am today for further hearing on the petitions.
During the hearing, petitioners' counsel barrister Rafique-Ul Huq told the court that since Zia Orphanage Trust is a private organisation, the ACC has no authority to interfere in the activities of the trust.
He also said his clients were not involved in any corruption and the proceedings of this case against them should be quashed.
Countering the submission of Rafiq-ul Huq, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued that it was not proved whether the allegations brought against the petitioners are true or false.
At this stage, there is no scope to move any petition before the HC to quash the proceedings, he said.
The attorney general will continue placing submission on the petitions before the court today.
The ACC filed the case against Khaleda, her son Tarique and five others on July 3 last year with Ramna Police Station in connection with embezzling over Tk 2.10 crore by forming the 'fake organisation.'
On September 7, the trial court took into cognisance the charges against Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman and four others in this case and fixed October 25 for next hearing.
The court issued arrest warrants against former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Khaleda's nephew Mominur Rahman as they have been absconding since the case was filed.
The court also said proceedings of the case against Tarique would continue in his absence since he had earlier gone to London for treatment with permission from the Supreme Court.
Two separate petitions were filed with the HC on Tuesday for quashing proceedings against Khaleda and Tarique in the case.