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Khaleda cannot join polls in present state : CEC
Staff Reporter :
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K M Nurul Huda on Monday said that BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia recently jailed for five years in a graft case cannot contest the next general election in the present context.
But if she moves an appeal before the Supreme Court against her conviction and the court permits her to contest the election, she can run the election, the Chief Election Commissioner said.
He was talking to reporters after a courtesy call on Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at his Supreme Court (SC) office.
The CEC said that he was once a lower court judge and he thinks that Khaleda cannot contest the election.
He said the SC has two separate verdicts over the issue. One judgment said, if anybody is convicted for more than two years by the lower court for moral turpitude, he or she can contest the election until the appeal is not settled by the apex court.
In another judgment, the apex court said, a convict cannot contest the election, the CEC said.
Now, it depends on SC whether she can contest the election, he added.
Judge of the Special Court-5 of Dhaka, Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which is dealing a severe blow to BNP ahead of the upcoming national election.
The special court also sentenced Khaleda Zia's eldest son and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Tk 2.10 crore each.