The High Court declared the candidature of Awami League candidate Barrister Shahjahan Omar (Bir Uttam) valid and dismissed the writ petition in Jhalkathi-1 constituency. A double bench of Justice ATM Mohammad Saifur Rahman and Justice Mohammad Bashir Ullah passed the verdict today on Wednesday.
Earlier, a female voter named Nasreen Khanam of Jhalkathi-1 Constituency filed this writ as the information about the punishment was not mentioned in the affidavit.
The Election Commission (EC) upheld the candidature of Shahjahan Omar after hearing the application of another person named Mamun seeking cancellation of his candidature. Earlier, independent candidate Moniruzzaman Monir had appealed to the EC seeking cancellation of Shahjahan Omar’s candidature. EC rejected his application.
The police arrested Shahjahan Omar in the case of setting fire to the bus on the night of November 4. Later on November 29 he was released from Keraniganj Central Jail after getting bail. A day after this, he submitted his nomination paper online by ticking the boat symbol in Jhalkathi-1 (Rajapur-Kathalia) constituency.
Shahjahan Omar told the media at his residence in Dhaka after submitting the nomination form online, ‘I have not been able to do any work in the area for the last 17 years. There is a lot of responsibility to the local people to go to the election from that place.’
When asked about Khaleda Zia and BNP elections, Shahjahan Omar said, ‘Yes, I still want Khaleda Zia’s release. Why should I be an independent candidate with better options? I think BNP should have gone for elections on 14th and 18th. I think I should go this time too.’
Shahjahan Omar also said, ‘I want to go to the election, whichever party it may be. When the Awami League is proposing to nominate a boat, what is the question? I am voluntarily resigning from BNP.’