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18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Court bars five BNP nominees from running for election

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The Supreme Court yesterday imposed a bar on three upazilla chairmen from contesting in the December 30 parliamentary election as BNP nominees. The three BNP nominees to be debarred from contesting are Tamiz Uddin from Dhaka-20 constituency, Abdul Muhit Talukder from Bogura-3 and Badal Sarker from Bogura-7.

In its order, the apex court said the upazilla chairman’s post was an office of profit and so one couldn’t contest the polls without first resigning from the post. Earlier, the High Court had allowed them to contest in the polls. The Election Commission (EC) had then filed an appeal in the apex court.

The SC also passed a no order on an appeal filed by BNP candidate Afroza Khan Rita, who wanted to contest from Manikganj-3 constituency in the upcoming polls. Afroza had moved the apex court against an HC order that stayed the EC’s decision to declare her nomination as legal. A seven-member bench of the SC’s Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the orders after hearing separate petitions.

Following the apex court’s orders, BNP nominees Badal, Tamiz Uddin, Talukder and Afroza would be disallowed from contesting in the polls, lawyers said. Also yesterday, an HC bench stayed the EC’s decision to allow BNP candidate and Nobabganj upazilla chairman Khandaker Abu Asfaq from contesting from Dhaka-1 constituency.

Following a writ petition by Bikalpo Dhara candidate Jalaluddin, the HC bench of Justices JBM Hasan and Md. Khairul Alam also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why the EC order allowing Asfaq to contest in the election should not be declared illegal. On December 2, the returning officer of Manikganj had cancelled the nomination paper of Afroza by citing the reason of loan default. Following an appeal by Afroza, the EC allowed her to contest in the elections on December 9.

But, in response to a writ petition filed by Sonali Bank against the EC’s decision, the HC on December 12 barred Afroza from contesting in the election. Afroza then moved the SC, but it upheld the lower court’s order. Meanwhile, an HC bench will today continue the hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami candidates for the upcoming election. The petition was filed by Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation. After a brief hearing, the HC bench of Justices Asfaqul Islam and Mohammad Ali fixed the date for holding hearing on the petition.

Earlier, the HC and then the SC had declared the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami as illegal following a writ petition filed by Chandpuri.

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