HC rejects writ seeking stay on Lakshmipur-2 by-polls

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DHAKA, June 14, 2021 (BSS) – The High Court (HC) today summarily rejected a writ, seeking stay on the upcoming Lakshmipur-2 by-polls, filed by former lawmaker and BNP leader Abul Khayer Bhuiyan.

A High Court division virtual bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order after holding hearingon the matter.

“Because of this latest order of the High Court, there is now no legal bar in holding the by-polls on June 21,” Deputy Attorney General Nawroj Md Russel told BSS.

Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister HM Sanjid Siddiqui moved the plea before the court, while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Deputy Attorney General Nawroj Md Russel stood for the state.

Abul Khayer Bhuiyan filed the writ on June 8, when the same High Court bench had rejected a writ petition challenging the legality of declaring the Lakshmipur-2 constituency vacant and the schedule for holding by-election to this constituency on June 21.

Earlier on February 22, the Parliament Secretariat declared the Lakshmipur-2 constituency vacant as its disgraced lawmaker Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul was convicted and sentenced by a Kuwait court for human trafficking and money laundering.

The Election Commission on March 4 announced the schedule to hold by-election to that constituency. After postponing the date of the election for the ongoing corona pandemic, now the election is scheduled to be held on June 21.