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SC upholds HC verdict on Gazipur Mayor

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Court Correspondent :
 The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order that stayed the suspension order of Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) Mayor MA Mannan for three months.
A three-member Appellate Division Bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order yesterday. Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon moved for mayor Mannan while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.
Mahbub Uddin Khokon, told newsmen that after the apex court order there is no legal bar for Mannan to hold his office as Mayor. Earlier, on July 9, the High Court stayed the suspension order of GCC Mayor MA Mannan for three months.
Before that, Mannan filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of his temporary suspension order issued by the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Ministry.
On July 6, the LGRD Ministry issued a notification suspending mayor Mannan temporarily as he was indicted in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Mannan, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, became the mayor beating an Awami League-backed candidate by around one and half lakh votes in the election held on July 6, 2013. He assumed office on August 18 the same year.
Police on February 11 in 2015 arrested Mannan for his suspected involvement in an arson attack on a bus in Gazipur on February 4. The next month, panel mayor, local Awami League leader Asadur Rahman Kiron, who was elected a councillor in the city corporation polls, was made acting mayor upon a court directive.
Mannan was released from jail on March 2, 2016. However, he was rearrested on April 15 the same year. The BNP leader was released again on this January 7.
The LGRD Ministry suspended Mannan on April 18 last year after a court accepted a charge sheet in a criminal case filed against him. Following a writ petition, the HC later stayed the suspension order.
Thirty cases were filed against Mannan after he became the Mayor. Of them, two were corruption cases and one was an extortion case. The rest were filed on charges of sabotage. Of the 30 cases, charge sheets were submitted only in five cases and the mayor was suspended in connection with two cases.

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