Cumilla, Dec 18 (UNB) – The BNP was forced to call off two of its scheduled election rallies in Homna Upazila’s Ramkrishnapur and Bagher Bazar on Tuesday after the local administration imposed a ban on gathering.
“The Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) imposed section 144 at the last moment, saying that the local Awami League unit also wants to hold rallies at the same venues,” said Dr Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, the BNP candidate for Cumilla-1 and Cumilla-2 constituencies.
He said they had secured permission for the rallies beforehand.
Mosharraf accused Homna’s assistant returning officer of violating the electoral code of conduct and working for the ruling Awami League.
Meanwhile, the BNP candidate attended several other election rallies at Ghagutia, Dulalpur,Dorirchar, Madhabpur areas and sought vote for his party.
“The government is very frustrated seeing the huge popular support for BNP,” he said.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Barrister Mainul Hosein for six months in a case filed over defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti at a television talk show in October.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order.
There is no bar for his release if the government does not create obstacle by showing him arrested in other cases, Advocate Masud Rana, a lawyer of Mainul, said adding that with the current one Mainul secured bail in four cases.
Earlier on October 26, an Awami League leader filed the case with Gulshan Police Station.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk-show 'Ekattor Journal' through videoconferencing aired on Ekattor TV hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an 'offensive comment' against Masuda Bhatti on October 16.
He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement said.
During the talk-show, Masuda Bhatti asked Mainul, "You say that you're in the Jatiya Oikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying that you are there as a representative of Jamaat."
Angered with the comment, Mainul said, “I'm thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as 'characterless'. There's no question about Jamaat link's with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me.”
Kushtia, Dec 18 (UNB) – A case was filed with a court here on Tuesday against BNP candidate for Kushtia-4 constituency Mehedi Ahmed Rumi and a Tanti Dal leader under the Digital Security Act over their reported audio clip instigating violence ahead of the upcoming general election.
Local Awami League leader and public prosecutor of Kushtia Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Advocate Akram Hasan Dulal filed the case with Kusthia Senior Judicial Magistrate Court.
Judge M Masuduzzaman of the court took cognisance of the complaint and asked the officer-in-charge of Kumarkhali Police Station to investigate it.
Dulal said in the leaked telephonic conversations between Rumi, also BNP chairperson’s adviser and district BNP president, and local Tanti Dal leader Nur Islam, the former was heard instructing the latter to unleash violence.
The conversations were aired in television channels DBC News and Channel 71, he said.
Meanwhile, the BNP leader alleged that the case was filed out of vengeance to keep him away from the election race.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) – The High Court asked the Election Commission on Tuesday to resolve an appeal challenging legality of 22 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders contesting the polls with BNP’s electoral symbol.
Justice Md Ashfakul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali’s bench gave the EC three days to resolve the matter. The court also disposed of the writ petition filed with it regarding the same matter.
Four people, including Bangladesh Tarikat Federation Secretary General Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, filed an appeal with the EC and moved the HC on the same day challenging legality of the Jamaat leaders’ nomination.
The High Court cancelled Jamaat’s registration with the EC on August 1, 2013 following a writ petition filed by 25 people, including Chandpuri. The EC finally issued a gazette notification on October 29 this year cancelling the party’s registration.
Jamaat had openly opposed Bangladesh’s independence and sided with Pakistani occupation forces to thwart Bangalees’ struggle for freedom. Many of the party’s senior leaders have been convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday rejected a writ petition filed challenging the cancellation of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s candidature, barring her from contest the December-30 parliamentary elections from three constituencies.
The one-member bench of Justice JBM Hassan passed the order.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that Khaleda Zia won’t be able to contest the elections as it is the final decision.
Earlier in the morning, the bench rejected a petition of Khaleda’s counsel expressing ‘no-confidence’ in the single-judge bench.
Later, her lawyers boycotted the court without hearing of the writ.
The High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing for today.
On December 12, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain formed the one-member bench to hear the petition over BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s candidature in all the three constituencies as the bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued a split order on December 11.
Senior Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed stayed the EC’s decision and accepted Khaleda’s appeal while Justice Md Iqbal Kabir upheld the decision.
Later, the appeal was sent to the Chief Justice as per rules to form a new bench.
Barrister Kaisar Kamal filed the appeal for Feni-1 while Barrister Nowshad Jamir for Bogura-6 and Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder for Bogura-7.
Khaleda’s nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies were rejected by returning officers. The Election Commission also upheld the decisions of the returning officers, prompting the former prime minister to move the High Court.
Khaleda was jailed for five years on February 8 last in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Her jail term was doubled by the High Court on October 30.
A day before that, she was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.