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Cancellation of Jamaat's registration: Appeal hearing on November 12

  • Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan set the date
  • Jamaat’s registration was declared illegal in 2013
Update : 06 Nov 2023, 02:17 PM

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) has fixed November 12 for hearing on an appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami challenging a High Court verdict that scrapped its registration as a political party.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan, set the date on Monday. 

Senior advocate Tanya Amir appeared for the petitioner in the court.

Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, with two others, submitted a writ petition. 

It was presented before the Appellate Division chamber judge court for a hearing scheduled for June 26 this year.

Nevertheless, the chamber judge court subsequently referred the case to the full bench of the Appellate Division for additional proceedings.

In the August 1, 2013 verdict, the High Court had declared Jamaat's registration with the Election Commission “illegal and void,” while observing that the registration was unlawfully done and the party's charter contained elements contrary to the constitution and election rules of Bangladesh.

On November 4, 2008, Jamaat registered with the Election Commission during the military-backed caretaker government's term, after the commission made it mandatory for political parties to register for contesting in the polls, and had the ‘scale' allotted as its election symbol.

The Election Commission scrapped the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami in October 2018, making it clear that the party will not be able to contest the upcoming national election.

In the verdict, two judges of the three-member High Court bench declared the registration illegal. However, the other judge disagreed with the decision of his two colleagues.

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