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SC upholds HC order disqualifying convicts from contesting polls
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a ruling of the High Court Division in which convicts were disqualified from contesting general election.
A seven- judge Appellate Division bench headed by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain gave no order on a provisional appeal filed by doctor AZM Zahid Hossain seeking stay on the High Court order that had rejected his application to stay his conviction and sentence for contesting the election.
On Tuesday, the High Court Division in its ruling disqualified convicts from contesting in the general election pending disposal of their appeals.
A bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam pronounced the new ruling in which said that a person sentenced to serve a minimum jail term of two years for criminal offence would be disqualified to contest elections under Article 66(2) (d) of the Constitution.
The bench issued the ruling after rejecting five pending applications in which BNP leaders Aman Ullah Aman, AZM Zahid Hossain, Mashiur Rahman, MA Wahhab and Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan sought stay of their convictions and sentences to enable them to contest the general election.