The Bangladesh High Court has sought relevant documents from the government in order to determine the actual date of birth of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. In response to a writ petition, the court on Sunday asked authorities concerned of the government to provide the record regarding her birthday to it in 60 days.
The virtual High Court Bench of Justice M. Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar Md. Rashed Jahangir issued the order on June 13 after hearing a writ petition filed on May 31 by Supreme Court lawyer Md. Mamun-or-Rashid challenging the legality of celebrating the birthday of 75-year-old Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief on August 15.
The court on June 13 summoned the birth registration, passport, educational certificate and other documents regarding Ms. Zia’s date of birth from her, the United News of Bangladesh news reported.
The petitioner said Ms. Zia’s birthday is recorded as September 5, 1946, in her SSC certificate; August 4, 1944, in her marriage registration; August 5, 1946, in her machine-readable passport issued in 2001; and May 8, 1946, in her COVID-19 test report released on May 8, 2021.
Ms. Zia was sent to jail by a court for embezzling foreign donations meant for an orphanage, named after her slain husband and President Ziaur Rehman, during her premiership between 2001 and 2006.