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High Court issues contempt of court rule against CEC

The rule was issued for not registering Ganasanghati Andolan as a political party

Update : 10 Mar 2022, 08:03 PM

The High Court has issued a contempt of court rule against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal for not registering Ganasanghati Andolan as a political party despite a court order. 

The bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman issued the rule after hearing a petition by Ganasanghati Andolan Convener Zonayed Saki on Thursday.

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The HC also issued a rule to the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to take punitive action against CEC.

Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for Zonayed.

On April 11, 2019, the HC passed an order to provide registration to Gonosonhoti Andolon as a political party.

But the Election Commission is yet to comply with the court order.

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On December 28, 2017, Ganasanghati Andolan filed a petition seeking registration for the party.

“Despite having a clear order in this regard, the authorities concerned did not take any initiative yet,” said Jyotirmoy.

Zonayed filed a petition on February 10, seeking punitive action against the CEC.

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