Bangladesh's military-baked interim government on Tuesday revived two graft cases against former Premier Sheikh Hasina while Army-led joint forces carried out protracted security raids picking up more high-profile politicians in what is seen as another phase of a crackdown against corruption.
In an apparent sign of toughening of the government's stance, the Attorney General's office moved the two pending graft cases against Hasina, the chief of Awami League, involving the purchase of a navy frigate and fighter jets for Air Force while her government was in power from 1996 to 2001.
A High Court bench fixed August 1 and 7 for hearing the cases after the government appealed to court on Monday to put up the matter for fresh hearing.
Hasina is accused in one of the cases of buying an unproven and poorly equipped frigate at a cost of nearly $100 million. She is also accused of breaching the country's procurement rules and misusing her authority in the purchase of six MiG-29 fighter jets at a cost of $123 million.
The legal proceedings in both cases had remained suspended since 2003.
Earlier, officials and reports said that after Monday's arrest of Hasina's Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil and controversial former state minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) regime of another former Premier Khaleda Zia, the joint forces carried out a nightlong raids at the home of several politicians and businessmen in Dhaka and outside.