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19 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 February, 2019 01:41:07 AM
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HC rejects writ over MPs’ oath

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday (Monday) rejected a writ petition, challenging the legality of oath-taking by lawmakers elected in the 11th parliamentary polls held on December 30 last year. An HC bench rejected the petition, saying there was no violation of the Constitution in the administration of oath to lawmakers, as the new MPs had entered Parliament on January 30.

On that day, the first sitting of the 11th Parliament was held after dissolution of the previous Parliament. The HC bench, comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil, gave the verdict, saying there was nothing illegal in the swearing-in of the lawmakers, as they took charge of their offices on January 30.

Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokan, counsel for the petitioner, told reporters that they would file an appeal against the HC decision, as the administration of oath to the new MPs before dissolution of the previous Parliament had violated the Constitution.

During the hearing on the petition, Khokan told the court that oath-taking by the lawmakers on January 3 was unconstitutional as the tenure of the 10th Parliament expired on January 28.

“Therefore, there were two Parliaments from January 3 to January 28. That was unconstitutional,” he added. On the other hand, attorney general Mahbubey Alamhad told the court that as the new lawmakers had taken charge on January 30, oath-taking was not illegal. Supreme Court lawyer Taherul Islam filed the public interest litigation before the HC on January 14, challenging the legality of the swearing-in.

The HC had, on February 6, concluded the hearing on the petition and fixed February 18 for passing its order. The HC had, on January 17, scrapped a similar writ, saying it was “not pressed”. After that, this writ was filed, which was summarily rejected by the High Court yesterday.

 

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