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No bar to 25 Jamaat men to contest polls: HC

There is no legal bar to 25 men of Jamaat-e-Islami to contest the 11th parliamentary election slated for December 30.

The High Court bench of Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Khairul Alam on Thursday passed the order after hearing a writ petition.

Earlier on Tuesday, a writ petition was filed with the High Court challenging the Election Commission’s decision to approve the candidacies of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders for the upcoming 11th general election.

Barrister Tania Amir filed the petition on behalf of four people including Bangladesh Tarikat Federation Secretary General Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri.

The Election Commission on Sunday declared that 25 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders can be there in the election race as the Commission has no authority to revoke their candidatures since they are contesting the polls as BNP and independent candidates as it has no legal jurisdiction to annul their candidacies.

Of the 25 candidates, 22 are contesting the election with Sheaf of Paddy while the rest are independent ones.

On December 18, the High Court asked the EC to dispose of the application filed for cancelling the candidacies of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami men by three working days.

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