The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday extended the period of stay on the Tangail-4 by-polls till January 31.
The Apex Court also asked to dispose of the rule that the High Court (HC) Division had issued on the legitimacy of the nomination paper of Krishak Shramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique by that day.
A four-member panel of Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order, disposing of a plea submitted by the Election Commission (EC) seeking stay on the HC order to accept the nomination paper of Kader Siddique in the election.
On October 27, a chamber judge of the SC stayed the process of holding Tangail-4 by-polls, which was scheduled for November 10, and fixed Monday for the hearing on the petition.
The returning officer on October 13 declared the nomination papers of Siddique and his wife Nasrin Siddique invalid for loan default.
The EC scrapped his nomination as the Credit Information Bureau of Bangladesh Bank sent a fax to the commission, saying that Siddique's firm Sonar Bangla Engineering defaulted on a Tk 10.88 crore loan from Agrani Bank. But the HC on October 21 asked the EC to accept the nomination paper of Siddique.