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A Dhaka court yesterday asked the investigation officer (IO) of a corruption case, filed against detained former premier Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman and five others, to submit the probe report by August 4.

The case was filed against them last Thursday in connection with embezzling over Tk 2.10 crore by forming a fake establishment named Zia Orphanage Trust.

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court also allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to interrogate detained former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu at jail gate in connection with two cases for misusing government relief materials.

Meanwhile, another Dhaka court will decide today whether to accept the charge sheet of a corruption case filed against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka for amassing wealth worth Tk 9.76 crore illegally and giving false wealth information to the ACC.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Rabbani ordered the IO to submit the probe report by August 4 after the first information report (FIR) of the case was placed before him.

According to the case filed by ACC Deputy Assistant Director Harunur Rashid, the then prime minister Khaleda Zia and the other accused embezzled over Tk 2.10 crore establishing an organisation that only exists on papers.

The five other accused are former BNP lawmaker Qazi Saleemul Huq Kamal, Syed Ahmed alias Sayeed Ahmed, Gias Uddin Ahmed, Sharfuddin Ahmed and Mominur Rahman, son of Khaleda's sister.

The same court permitted the ACC to interrogate Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu at jail gate in connection with two corruption cases after ACC Deputy Director Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan submitted two petitions in this regard.

The cases were filed against Pintu with Kamrangirchar Police Station on July 1 last year following recovery of 216 corrugated iron (CI) sheets, meant for relief only, at two places of Kamrangirchar in the capital.

Around 110 CI sheets were seized at Abdul Awal College in Ashrafabad and 106 sheets at Shamsul Haq Market in Nabinagar, police said.

Sub-Inspector (SI) Abdul Motaleb filed a case against Pintu and Sultanganj Union Parishad Chairman Haji Monir Hossain for misusing 110 government CI sheets while SI Abdul Jalil lodged the other case against Pintu, Haji Monir, Shamsul Haque and his wife Kamala Begum for misappropriation 106 CI sheets.

Pintu was sent to jail on February 15 last year after he turned himself in before a Dhaka court seeking bail in two other cases filed in connection with attempted murder and theft.

He has been in the custody since then.

After scrutinising case dockets and other relevant documents, Judge Mohammad Azizul Haque of Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court is to decide today whether to accept the charge sheet of the corruption case filed against DCC Mayor Khoka.

ACC Assistant Director Shamsul Alam, also the IO of the case, submitted the charge sheet against Khoka before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on July 1 showing 45 people as prosecution witnesses.

The ACC could not submit the probe report of the case as the HC earlier stayed the proceedings of the case against co-accused Ishmat Ara, wife of Khoka.

The ACC filed the case against Khoka, his wife, son Ishrak Hossain and daughter Sarika Sadeque on April 2 this year on charges of accumulating wealth illegally and concealing wealth information from the ACC.

The IO had prayed for issuing arrest warrant against Khoka and an order to attach his properties. He also prayed for discharging Khoka's son and daughter as the charges brought against them were not proved.

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