Article 70 of Constitution challenged with HC

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Dhaka, April 17: A writ petition has been filed with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of Article 70 of the Constitution regarding cancellation of membership of a lawmaker for voting against his or her political party.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond submitted the petition on Monday saying that the Article 70 of the Constitution is against the democracy and Article 7, 19, 26, 27, 44, 31 and 119 of the constitution.

Under the democracy, the republic will run by the elected representatives, he said.

If a parliament lawmaker’s membership is cancelled for voting against his or her political party, he can’t independently vote for the public interest, he added.

The petitioner prayed to the HC to cancel Article 70 of the Constitution, he said.

The court is yet to fix any date for hearing the writ petition.