Jahangir cannot participate in elections: High Court
Dhaka, May 9: The High Court rejected the writ filed by Jahangir Alam challenging the validity of cancellation of candidacy for the post of mayor in the Gazipur City Corporation election. As a result, the returning officer's decision to cancel his nomination paper was upheld, the lawyers said.
The High Court bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Muhammad Mahbubul Islam gave the order on Monday. The hearing on the writ started around 12:15 pm.
Former Attorney General Fida M Kamal, former Additional Attorney General MK Rahman heard on behalf of the writ in the court. Attorney General A. M. Amin Uddin heard for the state. Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morsed, Deputy Attorney General Samarendra Nath Biswas, Md. Asaduzzaman Monir, Ways Al Haruni, Nowroz Md. Russel Chowdhury and others were present.
After the court order, Jahangir Alam said that he will appeal against the order of the High Court.
Jahangir Alam filed a writ in the High Court challenging the validity of the cancellation of candidacy for the post of mayor in the Gazipur City Corporation election on May 7. The writ sought direction to withdraw the candidature. On May 4, Jahangir Alam's appeal by the Election Commission against the cancellation of his candidacy for the post of mayor in the Gazipur City Corporation election was rejected. Gazipur City Election Returning Officer Faridul Islam canceled the nomination of independent candidate Jahangir Alam for the post of mayor after checking the nomination papers on April 30.
It is said that his nomination paper was canceled on the complaint of defaulter. However, the nomination papers of his mother Zayda Khatun were declared valid. Gazipur Metropolitan Awami League President Azmat Ulla Khan has been nominated by Awami League for the post of mayor in Gazipur city elections. Jahangir Alam went beyond the party decision and collected nomination papers as an independent candidate.