BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday advised her lawyers to bring the matter of her “illnesses” to the notice of the Supreme Court to secure her bail.
Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Rezzak Khan told this to reporters after meeting her in old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road.
Rezzak and four other senior Supreme Court lawyers -- Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Zainul Abedin, AJ Mohammad Ali and Mahbubuddin Khokon – visited the BNP chief in prison around 4pm.
The Appellate Division is set to hear on Tuesday Khaleda’s bail petition in a case over corruption in Zia Orphanage Trust, for which a trial court sentenced the 73-year old former prime minister to five years in prison on February 8.
“Madam [Khaleda] told us to inform the highest court that she is critically ill, and her health condition is deteriorating due to her long stay in a damp prison,” Rezzak said.
Khaleda also asked them to notify the apex court that the High Court had granted her bail on health reasons, he added.
Zainul, also the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said they found the BNP chief in a “critical” condition. “She can’t move her left hand, and she has also problems in the neck. She needs better treatment, which is not possible in jail.”
Mahbub said they hoped that the Supreme Court would grant her bail on Tuesday “if an iota of the rule of law” prevails in the country.
On March 12, Khaleda secured four months' bail from the High Court in the case.
However, as plaintiff Anti-Corruption Commission and the State moved the Appellate Division, it suspended the bail order until Tuesday, allowing the ACC and the State to file appeals against the bail.