The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday upheld an order passed by its Chamber Judge Court, staying a High Court order that paved way for accepting nomination papers of BNP leaders Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu.
The Appellate Division full bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order today, barring the two BNP leaders, convicted in different criminal cases, from contesting the upcoming general polls.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed the High Court order yesterday and sent the matter to Appellate Division full bench for further hearing.
Returning officers concerned have recently declared the nomination papers of Tuku and Dulu illegal as they were convicted and sentenced to different terms in criminal cases. They later appealed with the EC but failed to win their cases there as well.
Later, they appealed with the High Court, and the court on December 10 asked the EC to accept their nomination papers. The EC subsequently filed an
appeal against the decision.-BSS