Dhaka – The government on Sunday suspended two city mayors hours after they rejoined their offices as courts cleared them that they have no bar to discharge their responsibilities as elected representatives.
Ariful Haque Chowdhury of north-eastern Sylhet and Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul of northern Rajshahi city were suspended because what the government says the mayors were accused in criminal cases.
Local Government and Rural Development Ministry issued separate notification to this effect.
Both of them, elected mayors as opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders, were earlier suspended and were arrested in criminal cases.
Ariful Haque was accused of two cases in Sylhet– one filed under Explosive Act and another filed for murder.
Bulbul was indicted by a court in Rajshahi in connection with a case lodged under Explosive Act.
LGRD Minister Mosharraf Hossain told reporters that the measures were taken as their cases were under trial.