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Supreme Court refuses to issue short order on Khaleda Zia’s bail

  • Published at 11:25 pm May 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:46 pm May 16th, 2018
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Despite several attempts by the BNP Chairperson's legal team, a short order could not be availed

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the short-order petition filed by Khaleda Zia's lawyer on its previous judgement that upheld the bail order in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Assuring BNP lawyers of releasing the full order soon, the Supreme Court said there is no rule for the Appellate Division to release any short order on its judgement in advance.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order around 11:30am after delivering its order on the bail pleas in the graft case.

Khaleda's counsel AJ Mohammad Ali filed a petition before the court seeking a short order for submitting a bail bond on the judgment.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said: "Khaleda Zia has been shown arrested in a number of cases. Besides, there is no provision to pass a short order from the Appellate Division."

Justice Iman Ali also echoed the statement.

The Chief Justice then told the BNP counsel: "We refuse your request for a short order."

At one stage, AJ Mohammad Ali told the court: "I have come to the court alone, not in a group."

In an instant reaction, Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, another member of the bench, said: "You cannot force the court." 

Later, the chief justice said: "We do not pass order with the interests of any groups in mind."

However, Mohammad Ali apologised to the court and said: "The court can react, but the court does not allow us (lawyers) to react."

Justice Hasan Foez Siddique then asked AJ Mohammad Ali why he was arguing with the Chief Justice as he has already refused to issue any short order.