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Khoka among 4 indicted in car parking graft case

46A Dhaka court on Sunday framed charges against former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mayor and BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka and three others in a case filed for alleged corruption in leasing a multi-storey car parking.

Passing the order in the absence of Khoka, Dhaka Divisional Judge M Ataur Rahman fixed February 15 next for the start of formal trial with the deposition of witnesses, UNB reports.

The three other accused are then DCC Unique Complex Shop Owners’ Association president Abdul Baten Nakib, its general secretary Mahmud Hasan Azad and car parking manager HM Tarek.

On June 24, a lower court issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP leader Khoka as he did not appear before the court during hearing on the day.

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) deputy director Nur Hossain, also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet against the four accused on November 11 in 2012.

On February 15, 2012, ACC assistant director M Mahbubul Alam filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on charge of misappropriating Tk 30.82 lakh from the car parking project.

According to the prosecution, Dhaka City Corporation invited a tender in 2003 to lease out Banani Unique Complex’s basement as car parking.

The DCC had been deprived of over Tk 30.82 lakh from February, 2003 to February 2011 as then mayor Khoka in connivance with other accused stayed the tender process.