Tangail-4 by-polls: SC rejects Kader Siddiqui’s appeal

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Dhaka, January 18: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by Kader Siddiqui challenging a High Court (HC) order scrapping his nomination for the 2015 Tangail-4 by-election.
Chief Justice SK Sinha led the full appeal bench and gave the order on Wednesday morning.
Earlier on Tuesday the case was produced before a four-member appellate bench led by CJ. Later the bench put on pending for hearing before the full appellate division bench on Wednesday.
The HC on February 4, 2015 declared illegal the nomination of Krishak Sramik Janata League chief Kader Siddiqui for the bi-election of Tangail-4 constituency.
Kader filed an appeal against the verdict on February 7.
Mentionable, Kader’s elder brother Latif Siddique was elected from this constituency fell vacant after Latif resigned from the parliament in September 2015 following his anti-Hajj remarks.
Parliament secretariat published a gazette declaring the seat vacant on September 3.
Kader filed his nomination after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the Tangail-4 by-polls. However, election officials scrapped his nomination over loan default charges.
He appealed against the decision with the Election Commission and moved to the High Court, but failed to get a verdict in his favour.
The by-polls were held, but Kader filed a petition with the Appellate Division, which was heard on Wednesday.