SC clears way for recruitment in Sonali Bank
Published : Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 141
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday cancelled a High Court order that halted the recruitment of 2,201 people at the state-owned Sonali Bank two years back.
A four-member bench of the appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order, removing legal bars to the appointment process.
"The court also dismissed five leave to appeal petitions filed by the job seekers in this regard. Now, there is no legal bar to start the recruitment process, in line with the job circular published in 2016," Barrister Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury, a lawyer for Sonali Bank, told journalists.
The Sonali Bank published a notice on February 22, 2016 to appoint 2,201 people as senior officers, officers and cash officers. A total of 474 people challenged the legality of the circular in the High Court.
They claimed that they had applied to the bank following a circular published on January 31, 2014, inviting applications for 1,707 posts. Their names appeared on an "internal list" but they were never recruited.
They filed a petition asking for HC directives on the bank to recruit them. The High Court rejected their petition on July 27 last year.
The petitioners then moved to the Appellate Division, seeking permission to appeal against the High Court order.
The court froze the recruitment following the petitions. A total of 800,000 people responded to the 2016 circular, said Sonali Bank's lawyer Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury.