Everything has a limit: CJ

Legal action against creators of chaos, says law minister

Terming the chaos created by the pro-BNP lawyers in the Supreme Court ‘unprecedented’, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Thursday said everything has a limit.

“Everything has a limit….I have not seen such a situation in the courtroom before. An order has been given. Don’t hamper the court atmosphere sitting in courtroom,” he told the lawyers after returning to the courtroom around 11:35am on Thursday.

The chief justice came up with the comments as the pro-BNP lawyers created a chaotic situation in courtroom despite delivering the court order fixing new date of submission of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s medical report and hearing on her bail plea.

Earlier at 10am, a six-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by the chief justice, left the courtroom after pro-BNP lawyers shouted and created the chaotic situation in the courtroom during the hearing of an appeal filed by Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

When the court proceedings started in the morning, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam informed the court that the authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) are yet to prepare the reports on Khaleda Zia’s health condition and prayed to the court to adjourn the hearing of the appeal till next December 12.

As soon as the court fixed the next date for hearing on December 12, the pro-BNP lawyers began shouting by thumping on tables in the courtroom. Upon returning the bench in the courtroom, at one stage BNP lawyer Joynul Abedin stood on the dais. Then the court said such situation was never seen at the Appellate Division in the past.

The chief justice said the court passed the order on the documents and evidence and it does not care whatever anybody says. As per the cause list of the court, Barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC placed argument before the apex court in another case at 11:45 am. But, the pro-BNP lawyers started thumping on tables, creating a chaotic situation again in the courtroom.

After 12:15pm, the judges became silent and halted court proceedings again. The judges left the courtroom at 1:15pm when the time of court proceedings expired. On November 14 last, Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order that rejected her bail petition in the same case on July 31.

Legal action against creators of chaos

Law Minister, Anisul Huq warned of legal actions against those who created chaos in the courtroom of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. The Law Affairs Minister came up with the reaction at a briefing held at his Residential Office in capital’s Gulshan.

The briefing was held hours after a group of pro-BNP lawyers shouted and created chaos in the courtroom during the hearing of an appeal filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case. At the briefing, Law Minister Anisul Huq said, “The government is strongly considering for taking legal action against those who created chaos in the courtroom.”

He also said that the pro-BNP lawyers also made ruckus even after a six-member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain left the courtroom. In his reaction, Law Minister Anisul Huq condemned the incident and said that the government would not allow anybody to insult or undermine any institution of the country.  

“It is our responsibility to protect the law and order situation and to stop any disorder in order to keep the people of the country safe. The government will be bound to take legal action against those who will do such acts,” he added.

“We have seen in the past that the pro-BNP lawyers and BNP supporting outsiders tried to create chaotic situation if the court passes any order or verdict against them”, the minister said, adding, it appears that they have no respect to rule of law and loyalty to the highest constitutional institutions of the country and institution of the state is safe to them.

AG wants action against chaos by BNP lawyers Terming pro-BNP lawyers’ chaos inside courtroom at Appellate Division as unprecedented, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Thursday urged chief justice to take action against them, reports BSS.

“It’s an attempt by the pro-BNP lawyers to pressurize the Appellate Division, which is tantamount to contempt of court. The chaos they made is unprecedented. The judges at one stage were forced to leave the courtroom, it was disgusting. We condemn such anarchy,” he said at a press briefing held at Supreme Court Bar Association building this afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) adjourned till December 12 the hearing on bail plea filed by BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The apex court passed the allowing a time plea of the state.

“BSMMU VC has informed me that some medical tests of Begum Khaleda Zia have been completed and some are yet to be done. So, we need some time,” the attorney general said in today’s hearing.

“Let this matter appear in the list on December 12, 2019, for hearing,” said a six-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, asking Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) vice chancellor to submit the report by December 11.

But right after apex court’s order, adjourning the bail hearing, counsels of Khaleda Zia along with pro-BNP lawyers started chanting political slogans, slandering court, creating a chaotic situation inside the courtroom.

Supreme Court Bar Association president AM Amin Uddin, who also spoke at the briefing, too demanded strong action against such unruly acts inside courtroom. “I never witnessed such incident at Supreme Court. It is sad. I strongly condemn these acts. They again proved the fact that they do not believe in rule of law. They do not believe in court and judiciary,” he said.

The bar president further said many of those culprits were not even lawyers, but outsiders. Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad, a platform for pro-liberation lawyers, member secretary Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said BNP has hired people and brought them at Supreme Court marking the hearing on bail plea of their party chief.

“It was an evil attempt to destabilize the court arena and we are strongly protesting such acts. General lawyers would prevent this evil attempt of BNP to tarnish the image of judiciary,” he added.