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High Court rejects writ petition seeking cancellation of Tabith’s candidature

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:33, Jan 27,2020 | Updated: 23:37, Jan 27,2020

 
 

The High Court Division on Monday summarily rejected a writ petition filed by former Appellate Division judge Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury seeking cancellation of mayoral candidature Tabith Awal of BNP on the allegation that he had submitted false wealth statement to the Election Commission.

A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam, however, said that it would make some observations in the full verdict to be given later.

Appearing for the petitioner, lawyer Qamrul Haque Siddiqui prayed to  institute an inquiry into the allegation that Tabith had hid information about his business in Singapore to the Election Commission.

The court said that there was no scope of holding a probe to verify the allegation as  the mayoral election was only four days away.

The court also said that only an aggrieved candidate can file petition seeking probe into the allegation even after the election.

Tabith’s lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud opposed the writ petition saying that Justice Shamsuddin Choudhury had no locus standi to file the writ petition as he was not an aggrieved party and also because he was not a voter in the mayoral polls in Dhaka North City.

He submitted that there was no credibility of the online portal on the basis of information of which Shamsuddin filed the writ petition.    

Shamsudidn filed the writ petition after the Election Commission did not responded to his legal notice requesting it to cancel Tabith’s candidature.

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