Writ seeking dissolution of Parliament ahead of Polls filed

Writ seeking dissolution of Parliament ahead of polls filed

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Dhaka, Oct. 01 – A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking its directives on the dissolution of the 10th parliament 42 days ahead of the next national election and formation of a caretaker government. The HC bench comprising Justice Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashraful Kamal is likely to hold the hearing on the petition today.
Advocate Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ with the related branch of the High Court.
The petition also sought an order to issue a rule asking the respondents to take steps for dissolving parliament and forming a caretaker government.
It also sought HC order for staying the announcement of the election schedule until the disposal of the rule.
Law secretary, legislative and parliamentary affairs secretary, the President’s Office secretary, the cabinet secretary, secretary to Prime Minister’s Office, Jatiya Sangsad secretary and Chief Election Commissioner have been made respondents in the petition.
The petitioner in his petition said that according to the constitution and its Article 11, 65(2), the national parliament will be formed with 300 elected members. But 153 members of the parliament are not elected directly by people, he claimed. Therefore, the directive has been sought for dissolving parliament ahead of the election.
If parliament is not dissolved ahead of the election there will be two parliaments at the same time as per Article 123(3), which is contrary to Articles 65 and 123(3). Besides, contesting the election keeping intact the parliament membership goes against the constitution, the petition said. – Staff Reporter

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