Freedom Fighter quota in govt job upheld for now

Published at : 04 July 2024, 07:55 pm
Freedom Fighter quota in govt job upheld for now
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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court (HC) judgment that restored 30 percent quota system for the Freedom Fighters' children in the ninth to 13th grades of government jobs.

The Appellate Bench headed by Chief Justice Obaidul Hasan upheld the court's verdict on Thursday.

The Appellate Division after the hearing told the state to file a leave to appeal petition after the release of the full text of the High Court judgment that was pronounced on June 5, 2024.

"Let's keep the High Court judgment as it is for now. You file a regular petition and we would hear that," the apex court said.

Earlier advocate on record Jahirul Islam pleaded to keep the matter as "not today", saying the senior lawyer Mansurul Haque Chowdhury, designated to move the case, is absent today.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin stood for the state today, while senior lawyer Motahar Hossain Sazu argued for a writ filed in this regard.

A High Court division bench of Justice KM Kamrul Kader and Justice Khizir Hayat pronounced the judgment on June 5, paving the way for reinstating the 30 percent freedom fighter quota in government service. The court came up with the judgment, declaring absolute a rule issued earlier.

The government in 2018 through that circular said direct recruitment in all government jobs in 9th grade (old first class) and from 10th to 13th grade (old second class) will be completely based on merit, abolishing the existing quota system.

Seven people, including Muktijoddhar Sontan o Projonmo central command council president Ohidul Islam Tushar, filed the writ with the High Court, challenging the legality of the circular.

The High Court after that issued the rule asking the authorities concerned to reply as to why the circular shall not be declared illegal.