Gazipur City Corporation’s (GCC) former mayor Jahangir Alam on Sunday submitted a writ petition to the High Court, challenging the legality of cancellation of his nomination paper for the mayoral post in the upcoming GCC election.
Barrister Nakib Saiful Islam, on behalf of the former mayor, submitted the petition to the HC bench concerned a week after Gazipur’s Returning Officer (RO) Faridul Islam cancelled his nomination paper in a primary scrutiny, as he is a “loan defaulter”.
On May 4, Jahangir appealed to Dhaka divisional commissioner against the cancellation; the appeal was rejected on the same day.
After being rejected, Jahangir moved the HC, challenging the cancellation.
On April 30, during primary scrutiny, Jahangir’s nomination was cancelled while his mother Zaida Khatun’s nomination was declared valid.
Jahangir was the guarantor of an industrial organization. Jahangir was declared a loan defaulter along with the organization, the returning officer said.
Though the former mayor and his counsel submitted documents demonstrating paying off the loan along with the nomination paper, the returning officer cancelled his nomination during the scrutinization.