Govt to take action against those involved in court chaos: Law Minister

Published: 05 Dec 2019 | Updated: 06 Dec 2019   

Samakal Correspondent

Law Minister Anisul Huq said that the government will take legal action against those involved in creating chaotic situation in the courtroom of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday.

He uttered the warning while talking to the reporters at his office in Gulshan in the capital.

Anisul made the reaction hours after a group of pro-BNP lawyers shouted and created chaos in the courtroom during the hearing of an appeal filed by the party chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case.

"I want to say clearly and unambiguously that the government will not allow anyone to insult or humiliate any organisation of the country. Because, it is our responsibility to protect the law and order situation in the country and to stop the chaos in order to keep the people of the country safe. The government will be compelled to take legal action against those who will behave unlawfully," said Anisul.

Condemning the chaos made by the pro-BNP lawyers in the court, the law minister said, "In the past, we have seen that BNP-backed lawyers and supporters always try to create a turbulent situation if a court order or judgment goes against them." 

"The BNP's actions clearly show that the BNP has no respect to the rule of law. They have no loyalty to the highest constitutional institutions of Bangladesh and no institution in Bangladesh is safe at their hands," he added.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has deferred until December 12 the hearing on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

The court also asked the medical board formed to treat Khaleda Zia to submit a report on her health condition before within December 12.

A six-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Thursday following a time petition.

The court had earlier directed the medical board to submit a report by December 5, seeking information on Khaleda's physical condition. 

On the day, the medical board of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) said that some tests on Khaleda Zia's health condition were done and some more were left and it will take a week to complete. 

The court then ordered the medical board to submit the report by December 11 and fixed December 12 for the next order. Immediately after that, the pro-BNP- lawyers created chaos in the courtroom and chanted slogans.


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