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Jashore BNP nominee can’t run polls
The Supreme Court today extended its chamber judge’s order halting the High Court directive that had stayed the conviction and sentence of BNP nominee for Jashore-2 Sabira Sultana.
The HC order had allowed her to contest the elections.
But following today’s Supreme Court order, Sabira Sultana cannot run the polls as her conviction and six years’ jail sentence will remain in force, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told Bdchronicle .
The ACC lawyer also said the commission and government will move separate leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after hearing two separate petitions filed by the government and ACC seeking stay on the High Court order.
On Thursday, the High Court stayed the conviction and six-year jail-sentence of Sabira Sultana in a corruption case, clearing her way to contest in the election.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court chamber judge stayed for one day the High Court order. The apex court today extended the chamber judges’ order.