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Nizam Hazari verdict deferred again

  • Published at 04:46 pm August 23rd, 2016
Nizam Hazari verdict deferred again
The High Court will pronounce its verdict on legality of holding Feni 2 ruling party lawmaker Nizam Uddin Hazari's office on August 30, the court decided Tuesday. The High Court bench of Justice Md Emdadul Huq and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir earlier on August 17 had fixed August 23 to deliver the judgment on the writ petition that challenged his parliamentary membership. That day the court sought the case dockets which had upheld his jail sentence in an arms case, to ascertain how many years he served in jail as constitution says that one cannot participate in the parliamentary elections within five years if he/she completes serving jail terms in criminal case. On Tuesday, a report on the dockets was placed before the court and after hearing it fixed the new date for judgement. Feni Jubo League leader Sakhawat Hossain Bhuiyan filed the writ petition after a Bangla daily reported that the controversial lawmaker allegedly got released from jail illegally. A relative of Joynal Hazari, Nizam was supposed to serve jail terms till September 13, 2010. He became a lawmaker participating in the January 5 election in 2014. The petition mentioned that on August 16, 2000, a Chittagong court sentenced Nizam to 10 years in jail in an arms case. He, however, was released after serving only five years in prison. Although he appealed against the verdict with the High Court and the Appellate Division, the appeals were dismissed. His review petition was also rejected. Nizam was first sent to jail on March 22, 1992, in an arms case and was released on July 28 that year, according to the police. Nizam was elected the mayor of Feni in 2011. On January 5, 2014, he took part in the national election from the Awami League, resigning from his post as the mayor. On June 8, 2014, a High Court in a rule asked the government, the Election Commission and Hazari to explain in four weeks why the constituency should not be declared vacant. During the hearing, two benches felt embarrassed to hear the ruling. Finally, the bench of Justice Md Emdadul Huq and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir started the hearing on January 19 this year.