HC verdict stayed
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld its chamber judge's order that stayed a High Court verdict declaring Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council illegal and unconstitutional.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque also allowed the government and CHT Regional Council's Chairman Jyotirindro Bodhipriya Larma to move separate appeals with this court against the HC verdict.
The stay order will continue till disposal of the appeals.
The apex court passed the order after granting separate leave to appeal petitions filed by the government and Jyotirindro Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma, against the HC verdict.
Following two separate writ petitions filed by Bangalee settler M Badiuzzaman and SC's pro-Jamaat lawyer Tajul Islam, the HC on April 13 last year declared the CHT Regional Council illegal and unconstitutional.
Following separate petitions filed by the government and Santu Larma, chamber judge of the Appellate Division on April 15 stayed the HC verdict.
Dr Kamal Hossain appeared for Santu Larma while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Additional Attorney General moved for the government and Barrister Abdur Razzaq and Advocate Tajul Islam stood for the writ petitioners.