SC clears way for 2,201 recruitments in Sonali banks

SC clears way for 2,201 recruitments in Sonali banks

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Dhaka, Feb 13 – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for holding recruitment process of 22,01 posts in different officers of the state-owned Sonali Bank in accordance with its previous circular issued in 2016.In its order, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court withdrew its earlier stay order by dismissing five petitions filed challenging the High Court order that rejected their petitions.
The four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain gave the order after rejecting separate leave-to-appeals filed by job seekers against the High Court order.
Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury, one of the counsel for Sonali Bank, told reporters that now there was no legal hurdle for the bank authority to roll out the recruitment process, in line with the job circular published in 2016.
“The latest order removed previous stay orders on the entry exams and other procedure,” he added.
As many as 474 jobseekers filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging a 2016 Sonali Bank circular for appointing 2201 officers.
The petitioners claimed that they were selected through a recruitment test as per a 2014 job circular but not given appointment. They demanded completion of the recruitment process before issuing fresh circular for hiring.
However, after final hearing on July 27 last year, the High Court rejected their writ petitions. But, the petitioners filed leave to appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the High Court order.
In response to their petitions, the chamber court of the Appellate Division stayed the recruitment process.
Abdul Matin Khasru, Kamrul Haque Siddique and AM Amin Uddin appeared for the petitioners while Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Mohammad Mehedi Hassan represented the Sonali Bank during the hearing of the petitions.
On 22 February 2016, Sonali Bank authorities published a job circular for recruiting a total of 2201 senior officer and officers.
Chowdhury said that now there is no bar for holding the recruitment process for the circular of 2,201 posts. A total of 800,000 people responded to the 2016 circular, he added. – Staff Reporter

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