The High Court has placed a bar on M Rashiduzzaman Millat and Tahsina Rushdir Luna from running in the upcoming general election.
The court also issued separate rules asking Election Commission to explain in four weeks why their candidacies should not be declared illegal.
The High Court bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the orders and rules following two writ petitions.
Notably, Luna is the wife of missing BNP leader Ilias Ali. She is an aspirant candidate from Sylhet-2. Millat, a former lawmaker, is vying for Jamalpur-1.
Awami League candidate of the constituency Abul Kalam Azad challenged Millat’s candidacy, while Jatiya Party runner Yahia Chowdhury challenged Luna’s at the High Court.
Abul Kalam Azad’s lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star that Millat cannot run in the election unless the apex court rules otherwise.
Millat was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by a lower court in a corruption case. The High Court had acquitted him later, which was overruled in the apex court and kept for further hearing.
On the other hand, Yahia Khan said Luna, as a government service retiree for six months, cannot run in elections before three years of retirement as per law.