Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – High Court on Thursday scrapped the writ petition from its work list, clearing the way of publishing gazette on and administering oath to Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon who won Sunday’s election from Dhaka-8 constituency.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Iqbal Kabir passed the order after taking hearing on the petition.
Earlier on Tuesday, Eunus Ali Akondo, a Supreme Court lawyer and also the Jatiya Party candidate for the parliamentary seat, filed the writ petition seeking its directives to the authorities concerned not to publish gazette on and administer oath to Menon.
The writ also sought the issuance of a rule asking the government to explain as to why the announcement of the results declaring Menon victorious in the Dhaka-8 constituency should not be declared illegal.
At the same time, it also sought directives to postpone the publication of gazette and oath-taking ceremony for the Workers Party president.
Seven persons, including the Chief Election Commissioner, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, Law Secretary, Dhaka Divisional Returning Officer, Rashed Khan Menon and President’s Office Secretary, were made respondents to the rule.
Eunus Ali alleged that the supporters of Menon stuffed ballot boxes, depriving genuine voters of casting their votes. “I lodged complaint with the Election Commission but they didn’t pay any heed to it which violated section 66 of the Constitution.”
Besides, Menon contested the polls holding a profitable post which is also a violation of section 20 of the Representation of the People Order.
Menon, a Grand Alliance candidate, was unofficially elected from Dhaka-8 constituency securing 139,538 votes while his nearest rival Mirza Abbas of BNP got 38,717 votes.