The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the contesting parties to maintain the status quo over the pending election controversy at district court, apparently clearing the way for the newly elected body to continue the Jatiya Press Club management.
Passing the order of status quo that means the existing state of affairs remain in force over the club management, the apex court directed the Dhaka district judge’s court to hold hearing on the pending case over election controversy by January 31.
The SC orders came following a petition filed by Golam Sarwar and Saiful ALam, the losing president and general secretary candidates respectively in the December 31 election.
The three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque, however, stayed the operation of the impugned interim order of the High Court.
On January 16, the HC upon a petition filed by Kamal Uddin Sabuj and Syed Abdal Ahmed, the newly-elected president and general secretary of Jatiya Press Club, stayed the operation of the January 10 assistant judge’s court order that had halted the functioning of the newly-elected body and asked it to hand over the charges of the club to the outgoing committee within a week.
Barrister M Ameer-Ul Islam appeared for petitioners Golam Sarwar and Saiful Alam, while Advocate TH Khan stood for respondents Kamal Uddin Sabuj and Syed Abdal Ahmed.
Dhaka, Jan 19 (UNB)