Bangladesh High Court on Tuesday said that Ex Prime Minister Khaleda Zia won’t be able to contest the elections.
A one-member bench of Justice JBM Hassan rejected a writ petition which challenged the cancellation of former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia’s candidacy. She is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence after her conviction in a corruption case.
According to a report in India Today, Zia had filed nomination papers for parliamentary elections due on December 30. Her candidature was earlier rejected based on a law in Bangladesh that prohibits anyone who is serving a jail term of more than two years from contesting elections.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that Khaleda Zia won’t be able to contest the elections as it is the final decision.
Earlier in the morning, the bench rejected a petition by Khalida’s counsel expressing ‘no-confidence’ in the single-judge bench.
Later, her lawyers boycotted the court without hearing of the writ. The High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing for Wednesday.
On December 12, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain formed the one-member bench to hear the petition over Khaleda Zia’s candidature.