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18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 December, 2018 01:25:54 AM
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Khaleda’s no confidence plea hearing today

Staff reporter, Dhaka
Khaleda’s no confidence plea hearing today

A High Court bench will today hear a petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia expressing “no confidence” on the bench. The bench was assigned by the Chief Justice for final disposal of three writ petitions by the BNP chief regarding the cancellation of her nomination papers. The single HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan fixed the date for hearing after BNP lawyers filed a “no confidence” plea requesting it to send her writ petitions to the Chief Justice.

In her petition, Khaleda contended that she has no confidence in the bench as Justice Hassan is junior to Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed, who presided over a two-judge HC bench that passed dissenting orders on her petitions. On December 11, a division bench of the HC had delivered a split order on Khaleda’s candidature for the December 30 parliamentary election. Justice Ahmed, the senior judge of the bench, had directed the Election Commission to accept Khaleda’s nomination papers and allow her to contest in the polls. The judge also issued a rule asking the EC to explain why its decision on Khaleda’s nomination should not be declared illegal. On the other hand, the junior judge of the bench, Justice Md. Iqbal Kabir, had disagreed with the senior judge’s order and rejected her petitions.

Later, the Chief Justice assigned Justice Hasan for final disposal of the BNP chief’s petitions.

But, her counsels said it was the practice that a senior judge would hear any petition which had faced split order and so sought a judge senior to the previous bench’s judges for hearing the petitions. Following the BNP lawyers’ plea, the third bench fixed December 18 for hearing on the matter.

On December 9, Khaleda filed the petitions that also sought HC directives to the EC to accept her nomination so that she could contest from Bogura-6, Bogura-7, and Feni-1 constituencies. Khaleda Zia was jailed for five years on February 8 in relation to the Zia Orphanage Trust embezzlement case.

 

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