HC judge feels embarrassed to hear Khaleda Zia’s plea
06:09 PM, December 07, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:37 PM, December 07, 2016

HC judge feels embarrassed to hear Khaleda’s plea

A judge of a High Court bench today felt embarrassed to hear a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking stay on the trial proceedings against her in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.

Justice AKM Shahidul Huq expressed his feeling of embarrassment, Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star.

He said Justice Shahidul did not disclose the reasons behind his feeling.

The HC bench will now send the petition to Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and after receiving the petition, the chief justice will assign another bench for its hearing, the ACC lawyer said.

On December 6, Khaleda Zia submitted the criminal revision petition to the HC through his lawyers also seeking cancellation of statements recorded by the trial court from 32 prosecution witnesses of the case filed by the ACC in 2011.

Khaleda said in the petition that the recording the witnesses’ statements did not take place under the criminal rules and procedures.

On August 8, 2011, the anti-graft body lodged the Zia Charitable graft case against Khaleda and three others for abusing power in setting up the charity.

The other accused are Harris Chowdhury, Khaleda's former political secretary, Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary (APS) of Harris, and Monirul Islam Khan, APS of former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

Harris Chowdhury is now absconding.

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