Saturday, 18 June 2011

SC lifts another bar on MSC polls

The Supreme Court on June 15 stayed for four weeks a High Court order that barred Mohammedan Sporting Club (MSC) from holding elections and annual general meeting.

Chamber judge Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the order when attorney general Mahbubey Alam presented the matter before him on Wednesday.

The High Court on Tuesday halted the process of MSC elections and its meetings for the next four months following a writ petition challenging the legality of converting the club into a limited company. A life-long member of the club Monirul Islam filed the petition.

The court also issued a rule seeking explanation within three weeks why the process of converting the club into a limited company by revising its constitution should not be declared illegal.

The attorney general presented the matter to the chamber judge as the youth and sports ministry was made one of the respondents to the rule.

On June 9, six-judge bench headed by chief justice Mohammad Mozammel Hossain stayed another High Court order that halted the process of holding the meetings and the elections of the club.

MSC director Lutfur Rahman Badal filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the general meeting and elections claiming that the club had 62 illegal members.

The High Court on May 31 ordered a three-month freeze on all such activities.

However, club president Kutubuddin Ahmed went to the Supreme Court and won a ruling in his favour.

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