The Appellate Division on Tuesday lifted the status quo it had imposed on a Sonali Bank circular issued in 2016 for the recruitment of 2,201 officers.
A four-judge bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain lifted the status quo.
The apex court also dismissed five petitions of 474 candidates seeking permission to appeal against a verdict given by the High Court Division on July 27, 2017 rejecting their writ petitions challenging the legality of the Sonali Bank issuing a new circular on February 22, 2016 for recruiting the 2,201 officers without appointing the petitioners as SB officers on the basis of the results of the tests held in 2014.
The petitioners said that they are among the candidates who felt aggrieved being not appointed though they had passed the tests for recruitment of 707 officers on the basis of the circular issued on January 31, 2014.
Sonali Bank’s lawyer Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury later told reporters that there was no legal bar to hold the tests for the recruitment of 2,201 officers on the basis of the circular the Sonali Bank had issued in 2016.
Disagreeing with the contention, petitioners’ lawyers demanded to know how Sonali Bank could be allowed to recruit the officers on the basis of the fresh circular of 2016 as it would disqualify the candidates who had appeared and qualified for the jobs earlier on the basis of the circular issued in 2014.
Besides, they pointed out that there was no scope for the Sonali Bank to hold its own tests for the recruitment of officers after the Bangladesh Bank’s Bankers’ Selection Committee conducted the 1st Combined Tests for the Recruitment of officers for the state-run Sonali Bank, Rupali Bank and Janata Banks on January 12.
The petitioners’ lawyers also pointed out that the BB conducted the combined tests on the basis of a circular it had issued in 2017.
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