HC stays SCC Mayor Arif’s suspension order

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DHAKA : The High Court today stayed the government order suspending Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury from his office for being accused in a criminal case.

“After today’s order, there is no legal bar for him in observing his duty as SCC Mayor,” said defence counsel Abdul Halim Kafi.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order after holding hearing on writ petition filed by Chowdhury.

Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives on January 7, 2015, suspended him as his name came in the charge sheet submitted in former finance minister Shah ASM Kibria murder trial.

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