The Supreme Court has deferred proceedings of a Niko plea to overturn a High Court verdict against its two deals with BAPEX and Petrobangla.
The Canadian firm Niko Resources had appealed against an HC verdict delcaring its deals illegal.
The five-member appellate bench, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, has fixed December 7 for the next date of hearing.
Niko counsel Barrister Tanjib ul Alam pleaded for more time for not being able to collect attested copy of the HC order.
The court had asked the counsel on October 10 to collect attested copies of the HC verdict, which was the last time that the case came up for hearing at the apex court.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.
The High Court declared on August 24 that Niko’s deals with Petrobangla and Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company were illegal.
The court also asked the government to seize all Niko assets in Bangladesh and ordered all payments to Niko blocked until it compensated for Sunamganj’s Tengratila gas explosion.
Energy expert Professor Shamsul Alam filed a writ petition in 2016 challenging the legality of the deals of Niko with the two state-run companies.
Later on May 9, 2016 the High Court ordered the government to explain why Niko’s joint venture agreement (JVA) with Bapex and Niko would not be declared illegal.
The HC also stayed Niko’s joint venture agreements.