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Commotion in SC over Khaleda’s bail hearing

Published : Friday, 6 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 257

Pro-BNP lawyers demonstrate at the Supreme Court on Thursday when the Appellate Division deferred until December 12 the hearing on Khaleda Zia's bail petition in the graft case.	photo : Observer

Pro-BNP lawyers demonstrate at the Supreme Court on Thursday when the Appellate Division deferred until December 12 the hearing on Khaleda Zia's bail petition in the graft case. photo : Observer

The judicial activities of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday came to a halt as pro-BNP lawyers thronged the courtroom of the apex court over Khaleda Zia's bail and staged unprecedented rowdy demonstration.
Earlier, the apex court deferred the bail hearing to December 12 in Zia Charitable Trust Graft Case in which the BNP chairperson was jailed and also ordered to submit the medical report by December 11 without any fail as the order of November 28 was not complied.
The court issued the order following a plea of Attorney General Mahbubey Alam that the medical report of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) was not ready to be submitted.  
During the passing of the order at around 10:00am, pro-BNP lawyers and pro-government lawyers created a chaotic situation in the court building.
Due to the chaos of the pro-BNP lawyers, the judges could not hear any matter on the day and were forced to leave the courtroom.
Following the deferment order, the pro-BNP lawyers started staging chaos in
demand of shortening the deferment.
As the 'disgruntled' lawyers could not be contained, the six justices led by the Chief Justice left the courtroom at around 10:15am for which the regular judicial activities came to a halt for a while.
During the press briefing, pro-BNP lawyers continued to chant slogans like "We Want Justice," "Bail for Khaleda Zia."
At around 11:35am, the court session resumed. At that time, pro-BNP lawyers tried to make appeal to the court over bail plea of Khaleda Zia.
But the Chief Justice halted them and noted that there must be a limit in excess.
When BNP Vice-Chairman Jainul Abedin, former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, told the court that the head of the government stated that Khaleda Zia is passing her jail days availing the privileges of kings
At that time, making interception, the Chief Justice said, "We do not care what anybody says. We give decision on the documents and evidence.."
Reminding Jainul Abedin of bail granted to him by the court, the Chief Justice, Now you are showing muscles at the court.
After then, pro-BNP lawyers Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Khaleda's lawyer Barrister Moinul Husein asked the court to review its deferment order. But the court declined.
At around 11:45am when the senior pro-BNP lawyers wanted to leave the courtroom, juniors obstructed them and they were forced to remain in the courtroom. After then, the court could not hear a single matter and at around 1:15pm, the justices left the courtroom.
Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, member-secretary of Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad, condemns the act by pro-BNP lawyers at Supreme Court at a press briefing at the North Hall of the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday.	photo : Observer

Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, member-secretary of Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad, condemns the act by pro-BNP lawyers at Supreme Court at a press briefing at the North Hall of the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday. photo : Observer


















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