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Stay on Gazipur city polls: Hearing on appeal petitions Wednesday

  • Published at 04:30 pm May 8th, 2018
Stay on Gazipur city polls: Hearing on appeal petitions Wednesday
The Supreme Court (SC) is scheduled to hold hearings on the two appeal petitions filed challenging the High Court order that stayed Gazipur City Corporation polls for three months. The full bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, will hear on the appeal petitions on Wednesday. The petitions were filed by two mayoral candidates Jahangir Alam and Hasan Uddin Sarkar. Earlier in the day, Awami League mayoral candidate Jahangir filed a petition with the Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s stay order. The chamber judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique, on Tuesday sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two petitions. On Monday, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan filed a petition with the Appellate Division challenging the High Court order. No hearing on the petition was held with the chamber judge as no representative from the Election Commission was present at the court, BNP mayoral candidate’s Counsel Sagir Hossain Leon said. On Sunday, the High Court stayed the election, which was scheduled to be held on May 15, for three months. It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into the city corporation should not be declared illegal. The government on January 16, 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation, but according to law, the city corporation was formed with the Gazipur and Tongi municipalities. ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on Sunday challenging the legality of the gazette as the Election Commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on March 31.