Former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s writ petitions challenging rejection of her nomination papers would be heard by Justice JBM Hassan at 2 PM today.
Khaleda’s three writ petitions were sent to the 3rd judge after a two-judge bench of the High Court Division gave a split order on Tuesday.
Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed, the senior judge, found her candidature valid and in a ruling asked the Election Commission to explain in four weeks why rejection of her nomination papers by it would not be declared as illegal.
He also stayed the EC’s decision disqualifying her candidature.
The junior judge, Justice Md Iqbal Kabir had summarily rejected her three writ petitions.
On Wednesday, the Appellate Division upheld the Election Commission’s decision disqualifying BNP leaders Iqbal Hasan Mahmood Tuku and Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu as candidates for the general election.
At the hearing, Dulu’s lawyer Fida M Kamal informed the Appellate Division that the EC followed discriminatory pick and choose basis as showing favouritism to Awami League nominee Haji Selim and ruling alliance’s Nazmul Huda by declaring their nominations as valid though both are convicts.
No replies were extended to Fida’s argument by attorney general Mahbubey Alam.
In separate orders, the Appellate Division upheld returning officers’ decisions rejecting nomination papers of independent candidates Md Azharul Islam, Mohammad Amirul Islam, Rezaul Karim, Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah and Shofiur Rahman Khan Bachchu.
The Appellate Division’s chamber judge upheld the EC’s decision allowing BNP nominee and Dhamrai Upazilla Parishad chairman Tamizuddin to contest from Dhamrain, the Dhaka 20 constituency.
The chamber judge gave the order after disposing of an application filed by Tamizuddin seeking stay on the High Court Division’s order that stayed the EC’s decision allowing him as candidature.
The High Court disqualified Tamizuddin for the election after hearing a writ petition filed by his rival and ruling party leader Benazir Ahmed.
The High Court Division upheld the EC’s decision allowing BNP nominee Ali Asgor to contest election from Mymensingh 1 after rejecting writ petition of Farmers Bank Ltd’s challenging his candidature on the plea that he was loan defaulter.
The order was issued by a bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam.
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