Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The country’s apex court on Monday curbed the way for BNP candidates for Dhaka-1, Dhaka-7, Bogura- 3, Bogura-7 and Manikganj-3 constituencies to participate in the forthcoming general election slated for December 30.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ruled that Adamdighi upazila parishad chairman Abdul Muhit Talukdar and Shahjahanpur upazila parishad chairman Sakar Badal cannot contest the election from Bogura-3 and Bogura-7 respectively for not stepping down from the chairman post.
Besides, Dhamrai upazila parisahd chairman Tomij Uddin cannot take part in the election from Dhaka-20 as his resignation was not accepted.
The Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the orders after hearing separate petitions.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali and Prabir Niyogi stood for the BNP candidates while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Advocate Obaidur Rahman Mostafa represented the Election Commission.
On December 2, the returning officer cancelled Tomij Uddin’s nomination. However, the Election Commission during hearing his appeal on December 6 declared his nomination valid.
Awami League candidate in the Dhaka-20 constituency Benazir Ahmed filed a writ petition with the High Court against the EC decision and the HC turned down the EC decision declaring his candidacy valid.
Following an appeal filed by Tamij Uddin against the HC order, Chamber Judge Hasan Foez Siddique on December 12 stayed the HC order and sent the petition to the Appellate Division for hearing.
Nominations of two other candidates Abdul Muhit Talukdar and Sarkar Badal were rejected by returning officers for not resigning from their respective upazila chairman post.
They filed separate writ petitions with the High Court challenging RO’s decision and the HC on December 9 stayed the RO decision.
The Election Commission later appealed against the HC order with the Appellate Division when the Chamber Judge stayed the HC order and sent it to the full bench.
In another order, the seven-member Appellate Division bench upheld an HC order that had stayed the nomination of BNP candidate Afroza Khan Rita for Manikganj– 3 constituency on loan default charge.
The HC on December 12 stayed EC’s nomination approval after hearing a writ petition filed by Sonali Bank Ltd accusing Rita, daughter of late BNP leader Harunur Rashid Khan Monno, of loan default.
Meanwhile, the High Court issued a rule staying the EC decision that had legalised the nomination paper of Nawabganj upazila parishad chairman and BNP candidate for Dhaka-1 constituency Khandker Abu Ashfaq.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Jalal Uddin, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh contestant for the parliamentary seat.
AM Amin Uddin who along with Barrister Shamim Ahmed Mehedi and Barrister Abdul Qaiyum stood for the petitioner said Ashfaq filed the nomination before his resignation from the post of upazila parisahd chairman was accepted.
Qaiyum said the BNP candidate cannot contest the election following the court order.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday adjourned hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of 22 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders contesting the next general election with BNP’s electoral symbol.
The bench of Justice Md Ashfakul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali will decide their fate on Tuesday.
Four people, including Bangladesh Tarikat Federation Secretary General Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, filed the writ petition challenging legality of the Jamaat leaders’ nomination.
The Election Commission, chief election commissioner, Jamaat chief, its secretary general, the candidates and three others have been made defendants.
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 Election Commission finally issued a gazette notification on October 29 this year cancelling the party’s registration.
Jamaat had openly sided with Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 and actively tried to thwart the Banglaees’ struggle for freedom. Several of its top leaders have been convicted of war crimes.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday summoned the managing director and secretary of ‘Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust’ for contempt.
The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the order as the defendants – Md Iftekharul Islam and Sayeed Mahmood Belal Haider – did not respond to a previous rule.
Iftekharul and Haider will have to appear before the HC on January 10.
The trustee of the Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust suspended engineer Yasir Arafat at its 41st meeting. The engineer moved the High Court, which stayed his suspension order and issued a rule on July 31 this year.
But the Trust did not pay Yasir his salary. This prompted the HC to issue a contempt of court rule against the Trust’s concerned authorities on November 25, but the defendants did not respond, leading to Monday’s summon.
Barrister Md Abdul Halim represented the petitioner in court.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday adjourned for Tuesday the hearing on a writ petition filed challenging the cancellation of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s candidature in three constituencies to contest the upcoming general election.
The one-member bench of Justice JBM Hassan passed the order following a petition by Khaleda’s counsels seeking time.
Barrister Badudozza Badal and Barrister AKM Ehsanur Rahman stood for the BNP chief while deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state.
Khaleda’s counsels sought time, saying they could not yet prepare the affidavit of the petition filed expressing ‘no-confidence’ in the single-judge bench.
As Khaleda’s lawyers filed the ‘no-confidence’ petition to the new bench formed by the Chief Justice, it asked them to submit it in written.
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.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The High Court (HC) on Monday ordered the Election Commission (EC) to give ‘sheaf of paddy’ symbol to Nazrul Islam instead of Nadim Mostafa in the Rajshahi-5 constituency.
Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam’s bench gave the order after hearing a writ petition, said Nazrul’s layer Advocate Minhazul Haque Chowdhury.
The court also issued a rule seeking an explanation why the symbol allocation of Nadim would not be declared illegal.
Nadim’s nomination was declared illegal by the returning officer on December 2 for reasons, including loan default. BNP later selected Nazul as its candidate.
But Nadim got his candidacy back after moving the EC. Later, the BNP declared him as its final candidate for the Rajshahi-5 constituency.
Nazrul moved the High Court saying the party’s move to select Nadim over him went against the Representation of the People Order.