SC dismisses ACC plea for appeal against HC stay order

July 31, 2009

Niko scam case against Khaleda Zia
SC dismisses ACC plea for appeal against HC stay order
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) plea for leave to appeal against the High Court orders concerning the quashing of Niko scam case against former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On July 9 last year, the High Court upon a quashing petition stayed the proceedings of the Niko graft case and issued a rule upon the ACC to explain why the case filed by the watchdog body “should not be quashed”.
On December 9, 2007, during the past military-backed caretaker government, the ACC filed two separate cases with Tejgaon police station against Khaleda Zia and another ex-PM, Sheikh Hasina, now Prime Minister, for alleged corruption in signing contracts with the Canadian oil company, Niko.
The alleged corruption reportedly caused a total loss of Tk 23,650.50 crore to the state exchequer.
Of the staggering figure, Khaleda has been accused of causing a loss of Tk 10,000 crore.
Barrister Rafique-ul Huq appeared for Khaldea Zia while advocate Abdul Aziz Khan for the ACC.

Courtesy of The Bangladesh Today

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