BNP Vice Chairman Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain today blamed Attorney General Mahbubey Alam of misleading the Supreme Court over hearing a bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case and not placing her medical report before the apex court.
“The medical report on Khaleda Zia’s health has reached the attorney general’s office on time following the Supreme Court order, but the attorney general has not submitted the report to the court claiming that it has not reached. If it is true, we feel that it is a contempt of court,” he said.
He said this while speaking at meeting organised by Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF), a body of pro-BNP lawyers, at the Supreme Court Bar Association premises demanding the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.
Khandker Mahbub, also the convener of JAF, and a lawyer for Khaleda, told the meeting, “We feel that the attorney general has misled the highest court of the country. If he (AG) would have taken the right steps on that day (December 5), such a situation would not take place,” he said.
On December 5, a group of pro-BNP lawyers created unprecedented chaos at the SC during the hearing of Khaleda Zia’s bail appeal in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, forcing the chief justice and five other judges to leave the courtroom.
The lawyers shouted at the apex court judges, “Shame, Shame”, “We want justice”, “Khaleda Zia has the right to get bail.” The pandemonium hampered judicial proceedings for more than an hour.
Today, Advocate Khandker Mahbub said their gathering has been organised in protest against the conspiracy of the attorney general, not for creating any pressure to the court.
BNP leaders Advocate Zainul Abedin and Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, among others, spoke to the meeting.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam refuted the allegation saying that Khandker Mahbub Hossain has completely committed a falsehood about him.
“The vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) told me that they need time to prepare the medical report on Khaleda Zia’s health condition. I have just informed it to the Supreme Court,” he told The Daily Star.
He said the medical report will reach to the SC through its registrar general’s office, as the SC has not asked the BSMMU to send the medical report to the court through the attorney general’s office.
“I have heard the Supreme Court’s December 5 order seeking medical reports on Khaleda Zia’s health condition has reached the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. I hope that the medical report will be submitted to the Supreme Court by December 11 and the hearing on Khaleda Zia’s bail petition will be held on December 12 in line with its December 5 order,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said.