Ishraque Hossain, who contested the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls for the post of mayor from BNP, filed a lawsuit with an election tribunal in Dhaka yesterday, demanding cancellation of the February 1 election.
Judge Utpal Bhattacharya accepted the suit and will pass an order later today on summoning the defendants, Advocate Taherul Islam Tauhid confirmed to The Daily Star.
The chief election commissioner, commission's secretary, winner candidate Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and five others have been made defendants to contest the suit.
In the suit, Ishraque claimed that the February 1 election was held amid irregularities and corruption, adding that on the day, a satisfactory number of voters did not turn up to cast their votes.
Ishraque also alleged that the election commissioner, in collusion with others, declared Taposh the mayor of DSCC.
He also appealed to the tribunal to declare election process for the post of mayor in the DSCC polls 2020 void and order for a fresh election.
On Monday, Tabith Awal, BNP-nominated candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral election, filed a similar lawsuit with the election tribunal, demanding cancellation of the February 1 election.
Meantime, trial of a graft case against Ishraque started yesterday, through deposition of the complainant of the case.
Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of the Special Judge Court-4 of Dhaka recorded the statement of ACC Assistant Director Shamsul Alam in the case filed against him for not submitting his wealth statement to the ACC.
After recording his statement, the judge fixed April 7 for the next hearing.
On January 15, the same court framed charges against Ishraque in the case. The graft watchdog on August 29 in 2010 filed a case against him with Ramna Police Station.
On December 6 in 2018, ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Hossain pressed charges against him.