Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain is expected to assign a High Court bench late this month for deciding whether the case regarding celebration of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's birthday on August 15, which is National Mourning Day, will be adjudicated at the lower court.
The trial proceedings of the case have been stalled for around 15 years due a stay order of the HC, which was passed following a revision petition filed by Khaleda challenging the proceedings.
Pro-Awami League lawyers did not take any move to get the stay order vacated due to the political situation during the BNP-led four-party alliance government between 2001 and 2006, said some Supreme Court lawyers.
The HC could not hold final hearing of the revision petition due to “no confidence” expressed by the BNP chief in its judges concerned.
On July 17 this year, an HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque sent the revision petition to the CJ, as it did not come to his bench through the CJ's office, court sources said.
The CJ will assign a bench for hearing this petition on its reopening on August 31after the ongoing vacation, an SC official told The Daily Star.
Md Sohrawardy, an SC lawyer, filed the case on August 20, 1997, with a Dhaka court, seeking an injunction so that Khaleda could not celebrate her birthday on the death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.