The Supreme Court has rejected a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for transferring Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case against her from the court of Dhaka-5 Special Judge Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman.
A five-member bench of Appellate Division of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice M Wahab Miah passed the order on Monday (today).
Special Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman is currently hearing the case and for the fourth time on August 6, Khaleda Zia has pleaded with the High Court to change the trial court for the case, citing lack of confidence in the judge.
On October 30, the Appellate Division has cleared the way for Zia Orphanage Trust corruption trial against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah came up with the ‘no order’ on the day after conducting a hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking stay on the trial proceedings and recording deposition of the witnesses of the case.
On October 19, Khaleda Zia secured bail in the case upon a bond of Tk 1 lakh as the court issued arrest warrant against her in two graft cases.
The court also asked her to take its permission before leaving the country on any ground.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case on July 3, 2008, accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others for misappropriating over Tk 2.10 crore that was received as grants for orphans via a foreign bank.