Independent lawmaker Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury, known as Nixon Chowdhury, yesterday sought anticipatory bail from the High Court in a case over violations of the electoral code of conduct during by-polls in Faridpur's Charbhadrasan upazila.
Meanwhile, the Faridpur district administration imposed section-144 in Bhanga upazila for the second consecutive day, banning public gatherings from 10:00 am to 5:00pm yesterday as two groups announced rallies for and against Nixon in the same area.
Nixon, an independent MP from Faridpur-4, filed a petition with the HC, seeking anticipatory bail in the case filed by the Election Commission, Monjurul Alam, a counsel for the lawmaker, told The Daily Star.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar will hold a hearing on the bail petition tomorrow, he mentioned.
The lawyer refused to disclose the grounds on which his client prayed for anticipatory bail.
The EC filed the case with Charbhadrasan Police Station on October 15 against Nixon for violating the electoral code of conduct during the October 10 by-election for the post of Charbhadrasan upazila chairman.
According to the case statement, Nixon, 42, called Atul Sarkar, deputy commissioner of Faridpur, over mobile phone around 8:00am on October 9 and expressed his displeasure over the appointment of magistrates.
On the election day, the assistant commissioner (land) of Bhanga ordered the arrest of one of Nixon's followers for violating the electoral code of conduct. Nixon then used abusive language in a phone conversation with Charbhadrasan Upazila Nirbahi Officer Jasmin Sultana.
Nixon also violated the electoral code of conduct by participating in a victory rally after the announcement of the by-polls results, said the case statement.
BAN ON GATHERING
Bhanga UNO Rakibur Rahman Khan wrote to the district administration and law enforcement agencies, saying section-144 would be imposed in the Upazila Health Complex and adjoining areas from 10:00am to 5:00pm yesterday as there was a possibility of violation of law and order if any meeting or rally was held there.