Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sohul relieved of contempt charge

Election Commissioner
Muhammed Sohul Hussain
The High Court of Bangladesh on Sunday relieved Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain of contempt of court charge filed by AL presidium member Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir.

The court relieved him following submissions of MK Alamgir's lawyers not to draw contempt charge against Sohul, Shah Monjurul Hoque, one of the lawyers, told reporters.

However, Sohul Hussain's lawyers made submissions not to relieve him, rather to recall the court's earlier rule that asked him to explain why contempt of court charge should not be drawn against him, Shah Monjurul added.

The court disposed of the contempt of court petition citing, "Sohul Hussain committed contempt of court; but the court disposed of the petition as it doesn't want to punish him," sources said.

A bench of the HC comprising of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain passed the order.

Earlier on October 7, the HC bench relieved him of court appearance. Sohul didn't appear before the court on the day.

On September 9, the court summoned Sohul to appear before it on October 7 in the contempt petition filed by ruling Awami League presidium member MK Alamgir MP.

It also issued a rule upon Sohul to explain why charges of contempt of court should not be drawn against him.

Alamgir filed the contempt petition on September 28 against Sohul Hussain for his remarks regarding cancellation of Alamgir's JS membership.

A day after a HC order that on September 26 stayed a EC gazette vacating JS membership (Chandpur-1) of MK Alamgir, Election Commissioner Sohul Hussain said "EC decision to publish the gazette was right."

He also said that EC would challenge the HC's stay order and answer to its rule after getting a certifying copy of the order.

The EC on September 22 published the gazette following a verdict of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court that pronounced Alamgir's candidature invalid.

However, Election Commissioner was a positional post; the person holding the EC post preserved more responsibility; the person also had to have respect to the court, the court said.

He (Sohul) had showed disrespect to the authority of law and the court through not appearing before the court on October 7 in connection with the contempt of court petition; for which, a question was raised that whether he   should be continued in the post, said the court.

The HC hoped that Sohul would be respectful to it in the day coming.


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