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Mk Alamgir's JS Seat

EC ready to challenge HC stay order

The Election Commission is making preparations to begin legal battle against the High Court's order that stayed for six months its gazette notification, declaring Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir's seat in parliament vacant.

The lawmaker joined the parliament sitting yesterday, the day after obtaining the HC's stay order.

“We are waiting for the certified copy of the court's rule. Our lawyers will respond to it,” Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussein told reporters after an EC meeting at the commission secretariat yesterday.

The meeting discussed the next course of action to this end.

About the significance of the HC's stay order, Sohul said the order means the AL leader retains his membership and can join the parliament session now.

The HC on Sunday also issued a rule asking the EC to explain within three weeks why its gazette notification should not be declared illegal.

The commission had cancelled Alamgir's candidature for the December 29 parliamentary election as he was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison in a graft case.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on July 15 upheld an HC order that had declared legal the EC's decision to cancel Alamgir's candidature.

The EC on September 22 declared the seat vacant following the SC verdict.

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