The High Court has asked the Election Commission to accept the nomination paper of BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas and scrutinize within 24 hours.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order after hearing a petition filed by the BNP leader challenging the EC’s decision.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the refusal to accept of Mirza Abbas’ nomination paper should not be declared illegal.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Dhaka returning officer and three others have been made respondents to the rule.
On November 28, the returning officer refused to accept the nomination paper of Mirza Abbas claiming that the BNP leader went to submit the form after 5 pm on the last date of submission of nomination papers.
Later on December 1, Mirza Abbas submitted the nomination paper to Chief Election Commissioner but it was not sent to the returning officer concerned for scrutiny on December 2.