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SC clears way for FBCCI polls

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Business Live: The Supreme Court has allowed the authorities concerned to continue the process for holding the FBCCI election until further notice.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order following a petition filed by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) seeking stay on the High Court order that had halted the election proceedings for two months.

The judge also sent the FBCCI petition to the full-bench of the Appellate Division for its hearing on March 27.

Lawyer on behalf of FBCCI, Barrister Imtiaz Moinul Islam told reporters that there is no legal bar for continuing the election process following the chamber judge’s order.

The High Court on Wednesday stayed the process of holding the election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for the next two months.

As per rules, a director is to be nominated from the Mymensingh division but the nomination was not present in the apex trade body’s voter list, claimed elected FBCCI director Shamim in the petition.

The FBCCI election was scheduled to be held on May 14, petitioner’s counsel Barrister Bodruddoza Badal informed.

The lawyer said the commerce ministry is required to publish a gazette notification in respect to the nomination of directors from the divisional chambers of commerce and industries under the Trade Organisation Ordinance, 1981.

Mymensingh Chamber of Commerce and Industries has been left out of the list in the gazette, however, Mymensingh has been declared a division in 2015, the lawyer said.

Barrister Bodruddoza said the president of the Mymensingh chamber applied to the commerce secretary in March last year to include his name in the gazette notification as a nominated director of the FBCCI but his name has not been yet included.

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