Khaleda sued for 'false birthday' celebration
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sued today for celebrating “false birthday” on the national mourning day, August 15.
Gazi Zahirul Islam, former joint general secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), filed the case with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Islam.
After the hearing the complaint, the magistrate accepted the charge and asked Khaleda to appear before the court on October 17.
In 1993, the BNP started observing Khaleda's birthday on August 15 on a limited scale, but becoming opposition party in 1996, it started observing the programme on a large scale.
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Khaleda usually cuts cakes around 12:01am this day every year.
However, she cut cakes around 9:15pm last year, despite calls from different quarters not to celebrate the birthday on August 15 as the day is observed as the National Mourning Day.
According to media reports, the former PM has mentioned three separate dates of birth in various documents -- September 5, 1946 in her matriculation exam form; August 5, 1944 in her marriage certificate; and August 19, 1947 in the record of her prime ministerial oath.