Four people, including the chief election commissioner, election commission secretary, and district returning officer, were asked to reply to the rule.

Lawyer Md Yarul Islam who appeared for the writ petitioner said there is no bar for Hero Alam to contest in the polls following the directive of the High Court.

Earlier, Hero Alam collected papers for contesting the upcoming by-elections for Bogura-4 and Bogura-6 as an independent candidate, but the nominations were turned down by the Election Commission.

Deputy commissioner Saiful Islam said the nomination papers of eleven candidates, including Hero Alam's, were cancelled as the Election Commission found mismatched documents against their affidavits.