No legal bar for Ariful to work as Sylhet mayor

Dhaka,  Fri,  21 July 2017
Published : 13 Mar 2017, 17:40:32
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No legal bar for Ariful to work as Sylhet mayor

There is no legal bar for suspends BNP leader Ariful Haque Chowdhury to perform his duties as the mayor of Sylhet City Corporation.

The High Court on Monday stayed an order for six months that suspends Ariful from the post for being accused of killing former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, reports bdnews24.com.

Ariful filed a writ challenging the order on which a High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order on Monday.

His counsel Barrister Abdul Halim Kafi said the court has also issued a rule asking why the order given by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) should not be declared illegal.

Local government secretary, home affairs secretary, Sylhet Metropolitan Police commissioner, Sylhet divisional commissioner and deputy commissioner have to respond to the rule within four weeks.

"Now there is no legal bar for Ariful Haque to perform his duties as the Sylhet city mayor," he said.

LGRD suspended Ariful on Jan 7, 2015 after he was chargesheeted in the AMS Kibria murder case.

A Habiganj court sent Ariful to jail on Dec 30, 2014 in the case. Ariful secured bail from the High Court on Jan 4 this year.

Barrister Mainul Hossein argued for Ariful while Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder represented the State during the hearing on Monday.

The court has also ordered the government not to impede Ariful in performing as the mayor.
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