Female diplomat removed from service

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published at 01:00am on January 07, 2020

The government on Sunday terminated a female foreign service officer belonging to the 27th batch of Bangladesh Civil Service on charges of misconduct.

She was ‘removed from service’ with immediate effect with approval of president Md Abdul Hamid, according to a circular of the foreign ministry.

The same officer filed a writ on January 2 with the High Court division seeking justice on allegation of sexual harassment against three foreign service officers, include another female diplomat.    

In another application filed with the High Court on Monday, she sought a stay on the government order to terminate her.

The High Court Division on Sunday asked the foreign secretary to explain in four weeks why he had failed to take action against three diplomats for sexually harassing a junior female colleague in Bangladesh embassy in Tokyo in 2012 and the Bangladesh deputy high commission in Mumbai in 2013.

A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the directive and the ruling after hearing a writ petition filed by the victim.

The officer was posted at the foreign ministry as senior assistant secretary when she was removed from the service. 

The government conducted a thorough investigation for over two years before removing the officer from the service, a senior foreign ministry officer said.

When his attention was drawn over the HC directives, foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen said on Monday that they would face the matter legally.