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Those sentenced to over 2yrs can't contest poll: HC

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:57 PM, 27 November 2018   Updated: 03:18 PM, 27 November 2018

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The High Court (HC) on Tuesday said a convict sentenced to more than two years in jail cannot contest the election, even if an appeal is pending. 

The court came up with the observation in line with Article 66 (2)(D) of the constitution.

It said, the convict can only run for candidacy after a five-year term after completion of the jail term.

The High Court bench of Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order while rejecting petitions filed by five BNP leaders seeking suspension of their conviction in graft cases.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Aminuddin Manik told media, the convicted BNP leaders cannot contest the upcoming parliamentary election.

Citing the order, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, ACC lawyer said, the observation bars BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from participating in the election.