Khaleda files writ to get back candidacy

Khaleda files writ to get back candidacy

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the Election Commission’s decision that cancelled all her three nominations for contesting the upcoming general election.

Barrister Nowshad Jamin, on behalf of Khaleda Zia, filed the petition with the concerned High Court bench in the morning.The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir is likely to hear the petition on Tuesday, said advocate Kaiser Kamal, a counsel of Khaleda Zia. Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election.

On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the Commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda’s petitions filed to it to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies.The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday filed appeals with the Election Commission against rejection of her nomination papers of three constituencies.

On behalf of Khaleda Zia, Barrister Kaisar Kamal submitted the appeal for Feni-1 constituency while Barrister Nowshad Jamin for Bogura-6 and Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder for Bogura-7 constituencies at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.Earlier, the Election Commission on Sunday (Dec 02) ditched Khaleda’s all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft case.

On October 29, Khaleda was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a special court in Dhaka in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. Khaleda landed in jail after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case by the same court on February 8. The High Court later on October 30 extended her jail terms in the case to 10 years.

source: UNB

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