Tarique’s wife asked to appear in court over graft charges
April 12th, 2017 at 1:53 pm
Tarique’s wife asked to appear in court over graft charges

Dhaka – Bangladeshi High Court on Wednesday asked Zubaida Rahman, wife of exiled senior BNP leader Tarique Rahman, to surrender before the lower court in a graft case against her.

The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath allowed her eight weeks time to face the trial court.

It also rejected a petition that she wanted the case to be quashed clearing the way for the lower court to resume proceedings against Zubaida.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against Tarique Rahman, eldest son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, his wife Zubaida Rahman and his mother-in-law Syeda Iqbal Mand Banu accusing them of concealing information on their assets in 2007.

Tarique allegedly concealed information about his earning of Tk.48.2 million from undisclosed sources. Zubaida, who received Tk. 3.5 million as fixed deposit from his husband, and Iqbal Mand Banu were charged for assisting Tareque, who has been in London since 2008, to hide the information.

On March 31, 2008, the anti-graft body pressed charges against them, and the accused later filed petition with the High Court seeking cancellation of the case.

The High Court on Wednesday lifted the stay order on the trial proceeding against Zubaida, said Khurshid Alam Khan, a counsel for the commission.