BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has filed three writ petitions with the High Court seeking High Court directive on the Election Commission to accept her nomination papers for the upcoming general election.
Khaleda’s lawyer Barrister Nowshad Jamir, on behalf of her, filed the petitions challenging the legality of the Election Commission order that cancelled all of her nominations.
Barrister Kayser Kamal, another lawyer of Khaleda, said the HC will hold hearing on the petitions on Monday.
He said the EC has illegally cancelled the BNP chief’s nomination papers with malafide intention. “She is in custody, and did not violate any electoral code of conduct,” Kamal told reporters after filling the petitions.
The EC on Saturday rejected Khaleda Zia’s all three appeals against cancellation of her nominations by the concerned returning officers.
Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, filled nomination papers to contest the 11th national polls from Bogura-6, Bogura 7 and Feni-1.
But during scrutiny, the ROs rejected all the nominations on grounds of her conviction in criminal cases.
The former premier landed in jail being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by the same court on February 8.
A High Court bench last week made an observation that an accused sentenced to more than two years in jail cannot contest an election even if an appeal against the sentence remains pending. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court did not interfere in the observation.