The High Court on Tuesday stayed a government order for deduction of five marks from the aggregate score of the second-time admission seeker of medical and dental courses for this year.
A vacation bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain also issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why the order would not be declared illegal.
Health ministry secretary, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council chairman, director general of Directorate General of Health Services and Dhaka University vice-chancellor have been made respondents to the rule.
The bench passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond, also the father of a second-time admission seeker.
Later, attorney general Mahbubey Alam told reporters that he would advise the health ministry to file a petition with the Appellate Division seeking stay on the High Court order.
During the hearing, the court wanted to know from the attorney general what prompted the government to issue the order on August 20 to deduct five marks for the second-time admission seekers just months before the admission test to be held on October 6.
Petitioner Eunus Ali Akond argued that the health ministry decision for deduction of marks was illegal, malafide and arbitrary as the National Education Policy 2010 and the Medical and Dental Council Act 2010 provide no such condition regarding admission for MBBS and BDS courses.
He said that the decision was the outcome of collusion between the respondents and the private medical colleges.
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