Opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia, her Malaysia-based daughter-in-law and two granddaughters were summoned on Sunday to appear before a Bangladeshi court next month in connection with a USD 5.8 million loan default case.

Dhaka’s First Money Loan Court ordered Ms. Zia’s personal appearance on April 12 along with the wife and two daughters of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko to explain her position in writing on the charge of loan default filed by Sonali Bank.

The former premier and her three family members have been made defendants in the case filed against the directors of their family-owned company, Dandy Dyeing Ltd, for defaulting on a loan of Tk 45.59 crore.

Judge Ruksana Parvin Happy passed the order following a summon petition filed by the bank, and fixed April 12 for framing and hearing the case.

“The judge also asked them to submit in writing their statements before the court on that day,” a court official said.

Koko’s wife Sharmila Rahman Sithi and daughters Zafia Rahman and Zahia Rahman currently live in Malaysia.

Following Koko’s death in Malaysia on January 24, Sonali Bank’s senior executive officer Nazrul Islam filed the petition before the court on March 8.

The other defendants of the case include Ms. Zia’s elder son and BNP’s senior vice-president Tarique Rahman, his friend and business partner Giasuddin Al-Mamun and his wife Shahina Yasmine and the wife of one of Ms. Zia’s brothers.

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