ACC sues Hasina, Khaleda in Canadian oil company deal scam

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Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNI) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sued two detained former prime ministers-Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia-for alleged corruption in signing contracts with Canadian oil company Niko Resources that caused 23,630.50 crore takas loss to the state exchequer, reports here said today.

The Awami League president Sheikh Hasina was implicated in the case filed by ACC deputy director M M Shabbir Hasan for causing a loss of 13,630.50 crore takas.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda was also sued yesterday for causing a loss of 10,000 takas.

Three former ministers, five retired bureaucrats and a Niko official were also accused in the deal scam.

Charges brought against Hasina and six others were non-bailable and involved imprisonment for five to ten years under various sections.

Ms Khleda and four others also face non-bailable charges punishable by seven-year imprisonment.

The FIR against Ms Hasina and others stated that Niko Resources Bangladesh Limited was declared incompetent by the technical and financial evaluation committee after the company participated in the second round bidding in 1997 for oil and gas exploration.

UNI

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