SC upholds Nixon Chowdhury’s bail

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:27am on October 23, 2020

The Appellate Division on Thursday upheld a High Court order that granted an eight-week bail to the member of parliament for Faridpur-4, Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury, in a case filed by the Election Commission on charge of violating electoral code of conduct.

Chamber judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman refused to stay the bail to Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury, popularly known as Nixon Chowdhury, stating that the Appellate Division was not interfering with the High Court order as it had granted the accused bail for a limited period.

The government appealed against the order passed by the bench of Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar on Tuesday granting Nixon the bail and directing him not to intimidate the local administration during the course of investigation of the case.

Faridpur district senior election officer Nawabul Islam on October 15 filed the case with the Charbhadrasan police station against Nixon alleging that he influenced the Charbhadrasan upazila by-elections on October 10 by intimidating Faridpur deputy commissioner and Charbhadrasan upazila nirbahi officer.

The plaintiff also accused Nixon of making indecent remarks on the government officials through his mobile phone call for detaining one of his followers during the elections.

The MP was also accused of violating electoral code of conduct by taking part in the campaign and victory processions organised by the elected upazila chairman Md Kawsar.