Vol. 5 Num 400 Tue. July 12, 2005  

SC stays HC order imposing injunction on RCCI functions

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for two weeks a High Court order that imposed injunction on the functioning of 18 elected directors of the Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI).

After hearing a petition filed by RCCI directors, a bench of the Appellate Division comprising Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain, Justice Fazlul Karim and Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury passed the stay order.

Following a writ petition filed by Ziaul Huq Tuku, a member of the RCCI, the High Court, on July 2, issued a rule upon the RCCI authorities to show cause as to why the result of the election to the executive body of RCCI declared on February 28 this year should not be declared illegal.

The High Court had also directed the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) authorities not to allow the RCCI to take part in the election, which is scheduled for August 21.

In the writ petition, Tuku alleged that election to the executive body of the RCCI was held on February 27 this year and the result of the election was declared on February 28, but some 134 voters, out of total 851, in the RCCI voters' list were illegal.

He sought cancellation of the election result.

Earlier on February 3, Tuku filed a case in the Arbitration Tribunal set up by the FBCCI on the ground of casting false votes in the election.

As per the rules, the Arbitration Tribunal was to dispose of the case within three months, but the court did not dispose of the case in due time.

A total of 23 persons, including 18 directors of the RCCI and secretary of the arbitration tribunal, had been made respondents in the petition.