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12:00 AM, December 16, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 16, 2008

Zafar, Alamgir cannot contest JS election

HC upholds EC decisions

The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld the decisions of the Election Commission (EC), which cancelled the candidatures of Kazi Zafar Ahmed of Jatiya Party, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir of Awami League and Abdul Hannan and Abdus Sobhan of BNP.
Two separate division benches of the HC passed the orders and rejected the writ petitions filed by the candidates challenging the legality of the EC's decisions.
However, the Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Joynul Abedin overturned an HC order that had earlier rejected the petition filed by BNP candidate Shahidul Alam Talukder.
Upon an appeal filed by Shahidul against the HC order, the Chamber Judge also asked the EC to accept his nomination paper.
Earlier, the EC had cancelled the nomination papers of Kazi Zafar Ahmed (Comilla-11), Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir (Chandpur-4), Abdul Hannan (Chandpur-4) and Abdus Sobhan (Barisal-1) on different grounds, including their conviction in criminal cases and charges of defaulting on loans.
The aspirant candidates then filed separate writ petitions with the HC challenging the legality of the EC's decisions.
The HC bench comprised of Justice Md Imman Ali and Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam rejected the petitions of Kazi Zafar Ahmed and Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir. The same bench also sent back a similar petition filed by JP candidate Fakir Ashraf (Netrokona-3).
Fakir Ashraf told reporters on the court premises that he would submit his petition before another bench of the HC tomorrow.
Another bench of Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui rejected the petitions filed by Abdul Hannan and Abdus Sobhan.
Advocate TH Khan, barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, Dr M Zahir, advocate Habibul Islam Bhuiyan and barrister Abdur Razzak appeared for the petitioners while advocate Mahmudul Islam stood for the EC.

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