Judge Bukina has overturned a motion by the defense of suspended tax and customs service chief Roman Nasirov on the recusal of Judge Oleksandr Bobrovnyk, who is to decide on a preventive measure against the suspect.
The decision came after no grounds for Bobrovnyk's bias against Nasirov were found.
After the recusal was denied, NABU officers asked journalists to leave the courtroom, citing security measures.
Earlier, the court adjourned the hearing in the Nasirov case, following a motion by the lawyers to recuse the investigating judge. The lawyers demanded to postpone the hearing until Nasirov's condition stabilized, but the court overturned the motion.
March 2, NABU and SAP agents arrived at Feofania hospital to serve an indictment for criminal offence against Ukraine's chief taxman Roman Nasirov. The doctors barred the investigators and prosecutor from entering the ward saying Nasirov had allegedly suffered a heart attack. SAP head Nazar Kholodnytskyi said the decision to launch procedural activities into the case was made due to possible Nasirov's departure abroad and elimination of evidence. A video footage of Nasirov being served an indictment in Feofania hospital has been posted online.
SAP accuses Nasirov of taking unreasonable decisions on restructuring rental fees for the extraction of minerals, which helped Ukraine's fugitive MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko implement corruption schemes he is being charged with. This had lead to 2 bln hryvnia damage to the state ($74 million). Onyshchenko said the investigation would "prove nothing: there were no money in my relations with Nasirov."
Later, NABU said it was preparing a bail hearing inquiry regarding Nasirov. The detainee's lawyers say that Nasirov's health deteriorated and he underwent another surgery. SAP head Kholodnytskyi said he doubted Nasirov's diagnosis.
March 3, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine suspended Nasirov from office pending investigation. Myroslav Prodan was appointed acting head of the State Fiscal Service.
Nasirov said in an interview he had cooperated with the investigation since mid-2016.