The High Court has directed the government to submit documents determining genuine date of birth of BNP chief Khaleda Zia within 60 days.
Ruling of the apex court is likely to resolve controversy over Khaleda Zia’s celebration of birthday on August 15 which is treated as National Mourning Day.Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was killed on August 15, 1975.
BNP chief has invited much criticism in social and political arena for celebrating birthday on the day.
A Division Bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir came passed the order on Sunday.
The HC order came following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Mamun Or Rashid, challenging the legality of celebrating birthday by Khaleda Zia on August 15.
The HC also issued a rule asking the respondents to show causes as to why their inaction to prosecute Khaleda Zia under relevant law for celebrating her birthday to malign and undermine the solemnity of National Mourning Day shall not be declared illegal.
Secretaries to the ministries of home affairs and health and family planning, Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, and Officer-in-Charge of Gulshan Police Station will have to reply to the rule.In the passport, Khaleda Zia showed August 15, 1946 as her date of birth, the petitioner contended.
He said BNP chief projected the date to malign the National Mourning Day.
Khaleda Zia's date of birth is September 5, 1946 as per SSC certificate; August 4, 1944 as per marriage register, August 5, 1946 as per MRP, and May 8, 1946 as per Covid-19 test report, the petitioner said.
Various dates shown as her date of birth in SSC certificate, passport and Covid test report creates doubt as their authenticity, the petitioner opined.
Terming writ petition politically motivated, BNP Joint Secretary General and former Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon said petitioner would like to achieve political gains.