SC judges leave courtroom embarrassed as pro-BNP lawyers create chaos

Pro-BNP lawyers have created chaos inside the courtroom after the Appellate Division, rescheduled to deliver the verdict on BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s bail plea in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. All six Appellate Division judges left the courtroom embarrassed after the senior lawyers failed to bring the situation under control on Thursday.

The Supreme Court fixed December 12 for hearing the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust case. The full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date on Thursday, as Khaleda’s medical report was not submitted before it.

Meanwhile, junior lawyers have blocked the senior counsels from leaving the courtroom without a verdict. Senior counsels Jainul Abedin, AJ Mohammad Ali, Khandaker Mahmud Hossain and Barrister Moudud Ahmed, who stood for Khaleda, tried to bring the situation under control and ordered the protesting lawyers to leave the premises.

They, however, stood their ground, refusing to leave without a verdict. Md Khurshid Alam stood for the Anti-Corruption Commission and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state. The BNP counsels were also seen getting in argument with the prosecution.

Earlier, security was beefed-up on Supreme Court premises, ahead of the hearing against the former premier. On Wednesday, the medical board formed by the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for Khaleda’s filed its report to the university authorities on her health condition.