The government, committed to withdraw the state of
emergency before the December 29 national polls, on Sunday filed a petition
with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking stay on the High Court
verdict which declared illegal and void four provisions of the emergency powers
ordinance and rules, especially related to the restriction on seeking bail,
appeals against lower court orders and stay on the sentences.
attorney general, Salahuddin Ahmed, is likely to move the
petition this morning before the chamber judge of the Appellate Division,
Justice Joynul Abedin, who is to hold a special session of the chamber court to
hear the petition, said deputy attorney general Khalequzzaman, also the
advocate-on-record for the case.
In the petition, the
government sought stay order on the High Court verdict delivered on December 4
saying it would file a regular petition seeking permission against the verdict
after obtaining the certified copy.
High Court bench of Justice ABM Khairul Haque Md Abdul Hye on December 4
delivered the verdict in the public interest litigation writ petition filed by the
New Age editor, Nurul Kabir, rights activist Sultana Kamal, also a former
adviser to the caretaker government, and Dhaka University law teacher Hafizur
Rahman Karzon on June 5.