Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s lawyers decided on Thursday to file a no-confidence motion with a one-man High Court bench, fearing they would not get justice in the petition relating to cancellation of her nominations.
The bench was formed on Wednesday to hear the writ petition over the cancellation of the former prime minister’s nomination papers for three constituencies.
Khaleda’s lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali told the court that they did not bring a written petition with them. The court asked them to file their petition in writing and issued a ‘not today’ order.
It informed them that the case will be on the December-17 cause list and said they can submit their petition to the High Court or the Chief Justice.
On Tuesday, the bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued a split order on Khaleda’s candidature. Later, the appeal was sent to the Chief Justice as per rules to form a new bench.
Her nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies were initially rejected by returning officers. The Election Commission also upheld the decisions, prompting the BNP chief to move the High Court.
Khaleda was jailed for five years on February 8 this year 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.