(BNP Communication) —  BNP Chairperson and former PM Begum Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers Saturday, April 5, to bring the matter of her “serious illnesses” to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in Zia Orphanage Trust case slated for Tuesday.

Begum Zia’s lawyer Abdur Rezzak Khan informd  reporters after meeting Khaleda in the Old Dhaka Central jail at Nazimuddin Road.

Rezzak along with four other senior Supreme Court lawyers – Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Zainul Abedin, AJ Mohammad Ali and Mahbubuddin Khokon – entered the jail around 4pm.

“Madam (Khaleda) told us to inform the Supreme Court that she is critically ill, and her health condition is gradually deteriorating for her stay in the damp environment of the jail,” Rezzak said.

The lawyer said Khaleda also asked them to present an argument before the apex court that the High Court earlier granted her bail on health ground.

Zainul Abedin, also the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said they found Khaleda in a serious ailing condition. “She can’t move her left hand while she has also problem in her neck. She needs better treatment which is not possible in jail.”

He said Khaleda needs to receive treatment at United Hospital. “She was sent to jail in a politically motivated case.

She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on March 12.

As the ACC moved the apex court challenging the High Court order, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till May 8 in the case.