Dhaka’s Special Court has given seven people to seven years rigorous imprisonment for former Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. Besides, a fine of Tk 10 lakh was imposed and additional six months’ imprisonment was also imposed. The court has ordered the acquisition of 42 Katha land in the name of the Trust for the favor of the state. On Monday, the judge declared the verdict of Dhaka’s special court. Akhtaruzzaman. The other three recipients are former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s political secretary Harish Chowdhury, Harish Chowdhury’s personal secretary Ziaul Islam Munna and Dhaka City Corporation’s former mayor BNP chief Sadek Hossain Khokar personal secretary Monirul Islam Khan. Haricha Chowdhury was absconding from the four accused in the case filed seven years ago by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). On February 8, Khaleda Zia was given five years’ imprisonment in another case of ‘Zia Orphanage corruption’. In the last eight months, the former prime minister has been accused in the second corruption case.
Khaleda Zia announces the court to a room in the old central prison if she is in court for 7 months in the court, showing the reasons for the illness. On September 5, Khaleda Zia came to the new court and said, as soon as the judge can sentence him, he will not come again. After this, Khaleda Zia appealed to stay in the absence of Khaleda Zia. Later, the High Court ended the trial in the absence of Khaleda’s execution. Khaleda Zia and her lawyers had a court ruling on the day when the verdict was pronounced. However, the two accused in the prison Ziaul Islam Munna and Monirul Islam Khan were present in court during the pronouncement of the verdict.
BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said that the government has been punished for keeping Khaleda Zia away from politics and politics, in an instant reaction after the court verdict was announced at noon. BNP has called for protests across the country today protesting the punishment. In the words of Mirza Fakhrul- “The BNP is rejecting the verdict.” But the prosecution lawyer, Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal said, “We wanted the maximum punishment.”
In the name of the Zia Charitable Trust, the money was collected from ‘illegal source’, against a accused named Suraiya Khanam, who bought 42 kathas of land and irregularities in the name of the trust was not charged and the land was named against the accused. It was alleged that during the rule of 2001-06, the then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia created the organization named ‘Shahid Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust’. At that time, the address of Khaleda’s cantonment house was mentioned as the address of this trust The first trustee of the Trust, Khaleda Zia herself and a member of the trust, her two sons Tareq and Arafat Rahman. The complaint was further stated that in 2005, 42 Katha land was purchased from Suraiya Khanam in Kakrail under the name of ‘Shahid Zia Charitable Trust’. But the actual value of the land was more than 1 crore 24 lakh 93 thousand taka more than the land owner was given. The papers are also shown in the court. However, no legitimate source of that money could show trust.
Khaleda Zia opened a savings account on January 9, 2005, in the name of the Trust, Prime Minister’s Office of Sonali Bank at Tejgaon. After opening the account, there is allegation that money was collected and deposited from various illegal sources using the power and influence of the Prime Minister. The Anti Corruption Commission has alleged that there is no valid source for the remaining money deposited in the account other than BNP’s fund. By collecting Khaleda Zia’s influence as Prime Minister, she collected the money from various sources.
The judge said in the verdict of the verdict, “The court feels that it is necessary to arrange strict punishment for him (Khaleda Zia) so that nobody is encouraged to do so.” Similarly, the court feels that the other accused should be punished with dire conviction. ”
On August 8, 2011, the Anti Corruption Commission’s Assistant Director Harunur Rashid filed a case against the former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for misusing power and misappropriating Tk 3 crore 15 lakh 43 thousand in the name of trust. Later, investigating officer Harun Ar Rashid gave the chargesheet in court against Khaleda Zia on January 16, 2012, under section 5 (2) of the Anti Corruption Act and Section 109 of the Dow.
The High Court’s verdict in Orphanage Corruption case today: Meanwhile, whether it will remain in the High Court after the verdict of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case, it can be known today. The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mostafizur Rahman fixed the date for Tuesday’s judgment Tuesday.
Khaleda Zia’s lawyers wanted her acquittal at the High Court’s hearing. On the other hand ACC lawyer Khaleda Zia sought life imprisonment. And the prosecutor argued for the prosecution of five years of judicial custody. Judge of Dhaka’s fifth Special Judge Akhtaruzzaman gave Khaleda Zia five years imprisonment on February 8 in the verdict of the case. Moreover, in the case, the eldest son of Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman, former MP Qazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and Mominur Rahman were given 10 years imprisonment.