HC asks ex-home Minister Altaf to surrender
The High Court (HC) on Wednesaday directed former BNP home minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury to surrender before the trial court in Barapukuria coal mine corruption case.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after dismissing the rule issued following a petition for quashing proceedings of the case against him.
There is no legal bar to run the trial proceedings of the case following the HC order, said Korshed Alam Khan, lawyer of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Earlier on May 28, the Appellate Division dismissed a leave to appeal petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging a High Court verdict that cleared the way for running the trial proceedings of the case.
On September 17 last year, the High Court (HC) rejected a petition filed by Khaleda Zia for quashing proceedings of Barapukuria coalmine corruption case against her.
On February 26, 2008, the ACC filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station, accusing Khaleda Zia and 10 of her former cabinet colleagues of taking Tk 159 crore in kickbacks on the Barapukuria coalmine deal awarded to the highest bidder, instead of the lowest one, UNB said.
Responding to a petition filed by Khaleda, the HC on October 16, 2008, stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule asking the ACC to explain why the case should not be quashed.
The Appellate Division later upheld the stay order as well, leaving the corruption case in the cold.
Khaleda, however, managed to secure a permanent bail in the case on January 15, 2012.
Following a petition of the ACC, the HC revived the case on March 2 of that year.
On August 23, the HC turned down two petitions filed by Khaleda seeking all records of and the final report on Barapukuria coalmine graft case from the authorities concerned.