Saturday, 18 June 2011

HC seeks MP Mozahar's membership documents

The High Court on June 9 sought required documents to scrutinise the allegations against BNP leader and Joypurhat-1 MP Mozahar Ali Prodhan of providing false information about his property in his affidavit submitted to the Election Commission.

A High Court bench of justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Gobinda Chandra Tagore on Thursday also asked the assistant commissioner (land) and the sub-registrar of the land office of Joypurhat Sadar Upazila to appear before the court along with the records and deeds of the four houses that allegedly belong to the BNP lawmaker.

The court passed the orders in response to a writ petition.

A H M Kawsar-uz-Zaman, a voter in the Joypurhat-1 constituency, filed the petition on Dec 1 last year seeking cancellation of the BNP lawmaker's parliament membership.

The High Court the same day issued a rule asking Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Election Commissioner and four others to explain within three weeks under which authority the BNP MP was discharging his duty as a lawmaker.

Earlier on Oct 7 last year, a legal notice was served by Zaman to the Speaker, the Chief Election Commissioner and secretaries to the ministry of law, parliament and EC secretariat with the plea that the opposition MP's parliament seat be declared vacant.

Advocate Manzill Murshid argued for the petitioner during Thursday's hearing while barrister A B M Altaf Hossain stood for the state.

Murshid told the court that according to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) of 2009, each candidate is to submit his affidavit before the elections. Mozahar Ali Prodhan in his affidavit mentioned that he owns only one residential building in Joypurhat. 

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