The court holding trial of ex-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the Mig-29 scam case yesterday witnessed a row over the prosecution's disclosure of a defense-secret report.
While proposing charge framing in the case, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) prosecutor stated in the court that the Director General, Defense Forces Intelligence (DGDFI), had raised objection to the purchase of Mig-29 aircraft as it was unnecessary and done by misusing state funds.
The prosecutor claimed there were sufficient grounds for framing charges against the accused.
The prosecutor submitted that the accused in collusion with one another entered into a shady deal on the defense purchase that incurred a huge amount of loss to the public exchequer.
As the prosecution divulged the DGDFI secret report on the government purchase of the Russian-made fighter jets, the principal accused, Sheikh Hasina, drew attention of the court and wondered how a state secret (defense intelligence report) could be made public for judicial scrutiny.