Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Friday, December 6, 2019 07:17:05 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Chaos in SC over Khaleda's bail

We want justice… we want justice, chant BNP lawyers in court

We want justice… we want justice, chant BNP lawyers in court
photo by NN Photo

Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, convener of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, speaking at a press conference in Supreme Court Auditorium on Thursday.

  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Gulam Rabbani :
An enormous chaos took place on Thursday in presence of Chief Justice in the Supreme Court's Appellate Division when pro-BNP lawyers started shouting demanding a short deferment of the Zia Charitable Trust case during the hearing of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail petition.
The situation compelled all the six judges including the CJ to leave the courtroom. Even the judges failed to hear any other case due to continuous shouting though they sat down in the courtroom after the break.
The aggrieved CJ termed the situation unprecedented.
Meanwhile, the apex court fixed December 12 for further hearing on the bail petition and directed Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to submit the report of medical board about Khaleda's health condition by December 11.
The Appellate Division on November 28 sought medical board's report to know the latest physical condition of Khaleda Zia before passing an order on her bail petition and also asked the BSMMU authority to place Khaleda's health report by December 5.
During the starting of the hearing at 9.30 am yesterday, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said, "BSMMU VC informed me that Khaleda Zia had yet to undergo some medical tests. It will require some more time."
Hearing the AG's statement, the CJ fixed December 12 for further hearing on the case and ordered to submit the medical report on December 11 without any failure.
Then Advocate Zainul Abedin appeared in the court for the BNP chief and submitted a medical report of Khaleda Zia prepared by a medical board formed on October 7 this year. But the AG raised question over the report saying that it was not a report of any authentic body.
Zainul further appealed to the court to consider the submitted report and grant bail to Khaleda Zia. But the court refused his plea saying that it will take decision after holding hearing on two medical reports simultaneously.
Then Zainul prayed to the court to fix the hearing date on a short distance or on December 9 which was also rejected by the jury.  At that stage, the pro-BNP lawyers started shouting in the courtroom and chanted slogans demanding unconditional release of BNP chief, which ultimately compelled all the six judges of the Appellate Division including the CJ to leave the courtroom at 9.55 am.
Senior counsels of the BNP chief Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain, Advocate A J Mohammad Ali, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Advocate Zainul Abedin, Barrister A M Mahbub Uddin Khokan, among others, were confined in the courtroom at that time.
On the other side, AG Mahbubey Alam, Supreme Court Bar Association President AM Amin Uddin, Advocate Ajmalul Hossain and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh were also confined in the courtroom following the chaos.
The pro-BNP lawyers retained their position in the courtroom demanding the same.
After a long break, the judges again came into the court on 11.35 am. Then the BNP chief's lawyers tried to draw the attention of the court. In reply, the apex court said that it would not hear anymore on the matter and the order had already been passed.
The Chief Justice then said, "You (pro BNP lawyers) are trying to keep pressure on us (court). We will pass an order on the basis of documents."
"Everything has a limit. You have crossed the border. What you have done in the courtroom is unprecedented. I've never seen such a situation in the court room," the CJ further said.
Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain tried to say something to the court, but the CJ said that the order has already been passed. Then Barrister Mainul Hosein prayed to the court to review the order but his plea was also refused.
In this backdrop, the court asked a senior lawyer to proceed with a case. As per the CJ directive, the lawyer started to place his argument, but pro-BNP lawyers again chanted slogans saying, "We want justice, we want justice, ……We want bail for Khaleda Zia." Such a chaos again interrupted the court proceedings.
 In this situation, it became impossible to keep the court proceedings functional and so, the Judges started leaving the courtroom.
After coming out of the courtroom, the pro-BNP lawyers held a press briefing at the Supreme Court auditorium where hundreds of lawyers gathered and senior lawyers addressed. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Advocate Zainul Abedin termed the situation unprecedented in the history of judiciary. They also made the AG responsible for the incident.
However, in another press briefing the pro-Awami lawyers led by Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh denied the allegations and said that the pro-BNP lawyers wanted to pressurize the court and created an unprecedented situation at the highest court, which is tantamount to the contempt of court.
They also urged the CJ to take legal action against all of them, who created anarchic situation inside the courtroom.
The pro-Awami League lawyers also urged the CJ not to allow any lawyers in the apex courtroom, who were not enrolled for Appellate Division, during next hearing scheduled to be held on Thursday.
A special court in Dhaka on October 29, 2018 convicted Khaleda Zia in connection with the Zia Charitable Trust case and sentenced her to seven-year rigorous imprisonment. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust case against Khaleda, Harris, Ziaul and Monirul with Tejgaon police on August 8, 2011.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

England's Headingley hero Bob Willis dies aged 70

Bob Willis, who famously bowled England to a dramatic Test win against Australia in 1981, has died aged 70, his family announced on Wednesday.Willis played in 90 Tests, taking 325 wickets with his aggressive pace bowling and also captained England for a spell before retiring in 1984 and taking up ...

International »

Moon calls for Chinese role in denuclearizing North Korea

AP, Seoul :South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday the global diplomatic push to defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea is at a "critical crossroads" and called for China to continue serving a "positive role" in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and stabilizing peace.Moon made the comments during a meeting ...

Cricket »

Tanvir elated to help Bangladesh make winning start in SA Games cricket

Left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam hogged the limelight with an intriguing show of spin bowling on a wicket that offered bounce and turn aplenty at the Kiritpur, Nepal as Bangladesh demolished Maldives by 109 runs in their opening game of South Asian Games male cricket discipline. The match is predicted to ...

International »

Iran in still ready for talks if US lifts sanctions

AFP, Tehran :Iran is willing to return to the negotiating table if the United States first drops sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, after a fuel price hike sparked deadly violence ahead of elections.European countries have been pushing for talks with Iran to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal that has ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a prèss conference on price spiral of the essential commodities at the party's central office in the city's Naya Palton on Tuesday.

Cricket »

Winning start for Bangladesh in SA Games women's T20

BSS, Kathmandu :The Bangladesh women's cricket team got off to a flying start in the ongoing SA Games women's T20 cricket crushing Sri Lanka women's cricket team by seven wickets on Tuesday at Pokhara Stadium in Pokhara.Invited to bat first by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka rode on opener Umesha Thimashini, who ...

Editorial »

Catch big fishes involved in fake certificate business at DMCH

THE New Nation on Tuesday ran a report that selling of fake medical certificates has become a profitable business for a gang of employees working at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. It was revealed after members of Rapid Action Battalion arrested one of the gang members from the DMCH on ...

International »

Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniv summit

AFP, Watford :NATO leaders gather Tuesday for a summit to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary but with leaders feuding and name-calling over money and strategy, the mood is far from festive.The 29 allies will descend on London ready to lock horns over spending and how to deal with Russia in ...

Business & Economy »

A. T. Haque Ltd launches new production

Business Desk :A.T. Haque Limited, one of the largest and oldest biscuit manufacturers in the country, has launched "Mr. Cookie Lite" biscuit, a new production of the company, at the Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah Hall of National Press Club n the city.Executive Director of A. T. Haque Limited Quazi Touhiduzzaman ...

Entertainment »

Tiffany Haddish's condition to host Oscars 2020 is a hoot

American actor and comedian 'Tiffany Haddish' is making her bid for hosting the 2020 Oscars. During an appearance at a show last Saturday, the star revealed what the Academy Awards would look like if she were to host.  The 39-year-old actor said, "I would have it hot.It would be so ...

Entertainment »

Apu to give wedding news?

Entertainment Report :Apu Biswas, the popular actress of Dhallywood, is currently busy with films as well as her personal life. She was also seen on stage shows and corporate events. She once married Shakib Khan but later they got divorced. After that, Apu's marriage or affair news circulated many times ...

Editorial »

Crisis of unemployment among educated young ones is explosive but there is nobody to care

THE unemployment rate among the educated youth is quite high as much as 33.2 per cent in the country. Against the shrinking job market due to automation, skill-gap, and foreigners' dominance in managerial positions, the government's focus on employment generation is not visible. A recent research of Bangladesh Institute of ...

Football »

Iheanacho the hero as Leicester close gap on Liverpool

Kelechi Iheanacho was the unlikely hero as Leicester came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 and close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League to eight points.The Nigerian had not played a single minute of Premier League football this season prior to being summoned from the ...

International »

Climate crisis has reached ‘point of no return’: UN chief says

AFP, Madrid :The devastating impacts of global warming that threaten humanity are a pushback from Nature under assault, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Sunday ahead of a key climate conference."For many decades the human species has been at war with the planet, and now the planet is fighting back," he ...

International »

Thousands flee as Typhoon Kammuri churns towards Philippines

AFP, Manila :The Philippines was braced for powerful Typhoon Kammuri as the storm churned closer, forcing evacuations and threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila.Kammuri is expected to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday in the nation's east with heavy rains and wind gusts ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news