Constt. Article 70 against floor crossing in JS challenged

Constt. Article 70 against floor crossing in JS challenged

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Dhaka – A writ petition was filed on Monday with the High Court challenging the legality of Article 70 of the Constitution, which allows the cancellation of parliament membership for voting against his or her political party that called ‘floor crossing’.The petition sought High Court directive to pass an order for canceling the Article 70 of the Constitution.
Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the petition with the related branch of the High Court saying that the Article 70 of the Constitution is against the democracy and Article 7, 19, 26, 27, 44, 31 and 119 of the constitution.
The cabinet secretary, parliament secretariat secretary and the law secretary have been made respondents in the petition.
According to the article 70, a person elected as a member of parliament in which one was nominated as a candidate by a political party shall vacate his seat if s/he – a) resigns from that party ; or b) votes in parliament against that party; but shall not thereby be disqualified for subsequent election as a member of parliament.
Later, Akond told reporters that the Article 70 is undemocratic and it made obstacle to the values of constitutional democracy.
He said that the state would run under the leadership of the elected representatives. This is the spirit of democracy. If a parliament membership is cancelled for crossing floor by giving vote against his or her political party, he can’t independently vote for the public interest, he added.
He also said that he would move before a High Court bench led by Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury on April 7 for hearing on the petition as the court is now on 15-day summer vacation, which would conclude on May 4. – Staff Reporter

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