"The HC verdict reflects the intention of the government"


BNP's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir criticized the Supreme Court's order to stop prisoners with more than two years in prison for taking part in the elections.

"The verdict reflects the will of the government and is not acceptable to the people," Fakhrul told reporters at the office of BNP President Khaleda Zia in Gulshan in Dhaka this afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court said a convicted prisoner convicted more than two years in prison could not contest the election even if an appeal is pending in court. The court presented the observation in accordance with Article 66 (2) (d) of the Constitution.

The court also said that the convicted can only apply after a term of five years after the completion of the arrest.

Fakhrul said the verdict was given to resist the 20-party alliance led by BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront to take part in the election. The verdict will raise the issue among people, he added.

"The government used the court to keep Khaleda Zia away from the election. We are resentful of the verdict and we are rejecting it, "said the BNP leader.

The High Court of Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Judge KM Hafizul Alam approved the order today, rejecting petitions filed by five BNP leaders seeking suspension of their conviction in corruption cases.

The five BNP leaders are: Amanullah Aman, AZM Zahid, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Abdul Wahab and Mashiur Rahman.

They filed separate petitions under section 426 of a criminal offense with the Supreme Court seeking suspension orders in the first instance verdicts in cases of corruption filed against them.


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