The High Court yesterday upheld the decision of the Election Commission (EC) that allocated “moshal” (torch) as an election symbol to a faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by Hasanul Haq Inu.
The bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Sashanka Shekhar Sarkar delivered the verdict after rejecting a writ petition filed in 2016, challenging the legality of the allocation of the torch symbol by the EC to the JSD faction of Inu.
The HC rejected the writ petition as the lawyer for the petitioner was not present before the bench during the hearing yesterday, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Tapas Kumar Biswas told The Daily Star.
Hence, the EC's decision -- allocation of the “moshal” symbol to the JSD faction of Inu -- will remain in force, he said. The EC on April 28, 2016, allocated “moshal” as the electoral symbol to the JSD faction led by Inu.
On September 28, 2016, following a writ petition filed by another JSD faction led by Sharif Nurul Ambia and Nazmul Haque Prodhan, the HC issued a rule upon the EC and Inu to explain why the EC's decision of allocating the symbol to the Inu faction should not be declared illegal. The respondents however did not submit any reply before the court, the DAG added.