BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsel yesterday refused to continue presenting arguments for a leave to appeal petition in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case as he felt tired.
Advocate Zainul Abedin started around 12 noon and read out the High Court order that accepted charges against Khaleda in the case in 2009.
But he stopped five minutes earlier than he was expected to and said he was tired when Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain told him he could proceed as there was still time.
Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, one of the five members of the Appellate Division bench which is hearing Khaleda’s petition, told Zainul: “Have you reached 70?”
“My lord, you make me so old?” replied Zainul.
The chief justice again said: “How do you feel tired in front of all these young lawyers?”
Zainul replied: “Sometimes the young lawyers also feel tired as they are afraid to stand before you.” Hearing the reply, lawyers in the courtroom burst into laughter. The court then adjourned the hearing until today.
The appeal was filed in February 26, 2012, against a High Court verdict that rejected Khaleda’s petition, which was filed challenging a lower court order passed after accepting charges. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case in July 3, 2008.