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Ariful can resume office as Sylhet mayor

  • Published at 11:14 am March 23rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:31 pm March 23rd, 2017
Ariful can resume office as Sylhet mayor
The Appellate Division of Supreme Court upheld a High Court embargo on a government order that threw Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury out of his office two years ago. A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed "no order" on Thursday on a government petition seeking stay on High Court decision. The High Court put a six-month embargo on March 13 on a government order that suspended Ariful Haque after he was accused in the former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case. The court also asked the government not to put any bar on him to discharge duties. Ariful, also a BNP leader, was suspended on January 7, 2015 by the Local Government Ministry after he was arrested and sent to jail on December 30, 2014 in the Kibria murder case. Then he moved with the High Court recently. The High Court after hearing his petition also had issued a rule asking why the suspension order should not be declared illegal. The home secretary, the LGRD secretary, the Sylhet metropolitan police commissioner, and the Sylhet divisional commissioner, among others, have been asked to answer within four weeks.