The High Court (HC) on Tuesday issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain why it shall not declare BNP leader Md Harunor Rashid’s Chapainawabganj-3 parliamentary constituency, vacant.
The court asked law secretary, cabinet secretary, authorities of Election Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Chapainawabganj deputy commissioner, Harunor Rashid, among others to reply in next four weeks.
A Chapainawabganj inhabitant named Abdul Wadud filed the writ, saying Rashid, who has been convicted and sentenced to five-year rigorous imprisonment in a graft case, cannot retain his parliament membership as per the rule.
Dhaka 4th Special Judge Court on October 21, 2019, sentenced Chapainawabganj-3 lawmaker Md Harunor Rashid to five-year rigorous imprisonment and fined him Taka 50 lakh in a case lodged for selling Hummer SUV brought in the country using tax-free facility in 2005.
The court also sentenced accused Ishtiaq Sadek to three-year imprisonment and fined him Taka 40 lakh and handed down two-year imprisonment to another accused Md Enayetur Rahman (Bappy) and fined him Taka one lakh.
According to the law, no vehicle brought under tax-free facility can be sold within three-years of import. But the BNP leader sold the vehicle way before end of the three-year timeframe to car trader Sadek, who later sold that to Enayetur.