BNP’s Jashore-2 candidate Sabira cannot run polls

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has extended its chamber judge’s earlier order halting the High Court order that had stayed the conviction and sentence of Sabira Sultana Munni, the BNP candidate for Jashore-2 constituency.

A seven-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after hearing two separate petitions filed by the government and ACC seeking stay on the High Court order.

“Following today’s order, she cannot contest the polls as her conviction and six years’ jail sentence will remain in force,” ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters after the verdict.

On Thursday, the High Court stayed the conviction and six-year jail-sentence of Sabira Sultana in a corruption case, clearing her way to contest in the election.

Later on Saturday, the Supreme Court chamber judge stayed for one day the High Court order.

Meanwhile, media outlet Daily Star reports that the ACC lawyer Khurshid told that the commission and government will move separate leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.

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