Hearing on charge framing deferred
A Dhaka court yesterday extended the time for 18th time adjourning the hearing on charge framing till July 28 against Arafat Rahman Koko, son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in a tax evasion case.
Meantime, Koko, who had earlier gone abroad for treatment, was sentenced to six years' rigorous imprisonment for siphoning off over Tk 20 crore to Singapore.
Judge (In Charge) Mohammad Akhteruzzaman of the Senior Special Judge's Court yesterday passed the order after Koko's lawyer submitted a petition seeking adjournment of the hearing on the same excuse that he could not bring any order on the rule issued earlier from the High Court (HC) following a writ challenging the legality of the case.
In the petition, the lawyer said the HC on June 9 last year issued a rule upon the government to explain why the proceedings of the case should not be declared illegal.
The hearing on the rule is still pending at the HC. So, he prayed for an adjournment of the hearing, the lawyer said.
Earlier on May 26, the same court gave the defence lawyers time to be the last for submitting an order from the HC.
The National Board of Revenue on March 1 last year filed the case against Koko for evading income tax on his income of Tk 52.39 lakh for fiscal years from 2002-2003 to 2006-2007.
Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain of the Special Judge's Court-3 on Thursday sentenced Koko to six years' imprisonment in absence and also fined him Tk 38.83 crore.
Four other cases including two corruption cases are also pending against Koko with different courts.