HC summons ex-CEC Shamsul Huda on contempt charge

HC summons ex-CEC Shamsul Huda on contempt charge

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The High Court has summoned former chief election commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda on contempt of court charges.
The bench of Justices Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and ABM Altaf Hossain issued the suo moto rule on Sunday.
Huda, who served as CEC during the last caretaker regime, will have to appear in the court on June 3.
The rule was issued over a report published in the English daily ‘The Daily Star’ headlined ‘No rule of law’ quoting the former CEC.The rule asked why contempt of court charges should not be issued against Huda for making such a remark.
The home secretary, inspector general of police, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Dhaka deputy commissioner and Gulshan Police Station OC have been asked to reply to the rule within two weeks.
The ‘Daily Star’ report quoting Huda said all constitutional bodies, including the Election Commission and Public Service Commission, as well as the judiciary had been politicised, and incompetent people were getting important positions there.
“This situation is giving rise to characters like Nur Hossain,” the report said quoting Huda when he had joined a discussion on the findings of a study on political parties and democracy in Bangladesh at Brac Centre Inn.
He was referring to ward councillor Nur Hossain, the prime suspect for seven murders in Narayanganj.
Huda said political parties wouldn’t take any initiative on their own to bring about internal reforms and needed constant outside pressure to change.
Huda was appointed as CEC on Feb 5, 2007. He was credited with EC’s success in holding of ‘fair and acceptable’ parliament polls in Dec 2008. – bdnews24.com

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