Students of the geography and environment department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded withdrawal of a writ petition with the High Court that is delaying their master's exams.
Meanwhile, the JU authority detained five persons, including an admission seeker who was using text messages from the other four to answer questions in the honours admission test of accounting and information systems department.
The master's students brought out a protest march and rallied on the campus.
A teacher, Prof Manzurul Islam, filed the petition on February 7, saying he was removed as the chairman of the exam committee illegally. He was supposed to arrange the master's exams scheduled to begin on October 1, 2012 but he did not hold these until September 2013.
As the 2011-12 session master's students already lost one year, the department formed a new exam committee that started holding the exams in December.
But the thesis submission and oral test are being withheld now, as the HC stayed those and asked the department to explain why Prof Manzurul's removal will not be illegal.
In the cheating incident, the examinee, Abdullah-Al-Noman, was caught red-handed during the exam in New Arts Faculty Building around noon while the rest from around the campus based on information gleaned from him. Of the four, Erab Rakat from Dhaka College, Md Shahnewaj from Chuadanga and Mehedi Hasan from Barisal are also seeking admission in other departments while Raihan Ali is of pharmacy at Daffodil International University.
Abdullah claimed that Raihan and some JU students were charging each admission seekers Tk 2 lakh.
Proctor Prof Muzibur Rahamn said a meeting of the central admission committee was ongoing at the time of filing of this report around 9:00pm to decide on the detainees' fate.