"Unprecedented behaviour", says chief justice

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 15:34, Dec 05, 2019 | Updated : 16:49, Dec 05, 2019

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain. FILE PHOTOChief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has termed the ruckus by pro-BNP lawyers during the bail hearing of party chief Khaleda Zia as “unprecedented.”

“We have never faced such a situation. Your behavior was completely unprecedented,” he lashed out at junior lawyers on Thursday (Dec 5).

Earlier, the Supreme Court deferred the bail hearing of Khaleda in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case due to her medical report not being submitted.

The deferral caused the pro-BNP leaders to create chaos in the court leading to all the six Appellate Division judges leaving the courtroom in embarrassment.

The lawyers refused to budge from the courtroom demanding that the next hearing date be set for Dec 8 instead of Dec 12.

“The order has been passed. Don’t ruin the court’s environment,” the court said after the judges came back.

Senior counsel Jainul Abedin then cited the prime minister’s remarks about Khaleda having the time of her life in prison.

“We won’t see who said what. We won’t pass judgment without seeing the reports,” the chief Justice said.

The lawyers kept chanting “we want justice” during the course of the other hearings leading to the judges finally leaving without hearing other cases after 1 pm.

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