BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) from Dhaka Old Central Jail this afternoon, Agencies report.
A vehicle carrying Khaleda Zia went out of the jail around 3:10am and reached the BSMMU around 3:40pm, our staff correspondent reports from the spot.
Sources at the BSMMU said the hospital authorities have already taken all kind of preparation to provide treatment to Khaleda Zia.
Meanwhile, several hundred leaders and activists of BNP were seen standing near the Cabin Block of the BSMMU amid rain to see the party chairperson. A huge number of police, Rapid Action Battalion, Detective Branch of police and Ansar members were deployed on the hospital premises.
On October 4, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU for treatment.
In response to a writ petition, the court asked the authorities concerned of the government to form a fresh five-member medical board to examine Khaleda’s health condition and start her treatment.
Sources at the BSMMU yesterday said two cabins have been reserved for Khaleda.
The BNP chief was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. She landed in prison the same day.
The board would be headed by Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury of internal medicine and Associate Prof Badrunnesa Ahmed, a physiatrist, of the BSMMU.
On September 9, Khaleda had filed the petition on health grounds as she has been suffering from various illnesses.
The government on September 13 had formed a medical team, led by Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, for examining her condition.
Other members of the team were Prof Harisul Haque, a cardiologist; Prof Abu Zaffar Chowdhury, an orthopedic surgeon; Associate Prof Tariq Reza Ali, an ophthalmologist; and Associate Prof Badrunnesa Ahmed of the BSMMU.
During the hearing on the petition on October 3, Khaleda’s lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali told the court that the government had formed the medical board with doctors from Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad and appealed before the HC to direct the government to send Khaleda to specialised United Hospital as per her choice.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam opposed the petition, saying that the jail authorities had taken steps for providing necessary treatment .