The High Court yesterday (Sunday) stayed an order of the lower court that directed the newly elected committee of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) to return its charges to the outgoing JPC committee.
Following the HC order, there was no legal bar now for the newly elected committee of JPC to discharge its functions, lawyers said.
The HC also issued a rule upon the concerned authorities to explain why the lower court's order should not be declared void and out of its jurisdiction.
An HC bench of Justice Mir Hasmat Ali passed the order following a petition of the new committee members against the lower court order.
The stay order will continue until the case is disposed of, lawyers said.
On December 31, Sabuj-Abdal Parishad won 13 posts of the 17-member committee of the JPC defeating the Sarwar-Saiful Panel.
The defeated panel on January 5 filed a case with the Fourth Assistant Judge, Dhaka against the members of the newly elected and outgoing committee of the JPC.
The lower court stayed handing over of charges of the JPC to the new committee. Before getting the court's order, the outgoing committee handed over its charges to the new committee.
Then, the defeated panel secured another order from the lower court directing the new committee to return the charges to the old committee.
Challenging the order, the petition was filed with the High Court.
Former Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali appeared for the petitioner while senior lawyer TH Khan and Bar President Khandker Mahbub Hossain were present in the court.