SC upholds verdict declaring appointment of 1,650 DAE staff ‘legal’
The Supreme Court today upheld a High Court verdict that declared "legal" the appointments of 1,650 sub assistant agriculture officers at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).
The Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain dismissed a petition filed by the writ petitioners, seeking stay on the HC verdict.
Additional Attorney General SK Md Morshed told The Daily Star that there is no legal bar for the 1,650 qualified candidates to join their services following the apex court order.
The writ petitioners, however, can move a leave to appeal petition before the Appellate Division, challenging the HC verdict after receiving its certified copy.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Additional Attorney General SK Md Morshed represented the state while lawyers Rokanuddin Mahmud appeared for the writ petitioners.
On September 16, the HC declared valid the appointments of 1,650 sub assistant agriculture officers, clearing the way for the government to allow them to join their services.
The HC rejected 20 writ petitions filed challenging the legality of the government action to recruit the 1,650 officers last year.
Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy told The Daily Star that the government issued a circular on January 23, 2018 for recruiting 1,650 sub assistant agriculture officers.
After the results of qualified candidates were published on January 17 last year, around 500 unsuccessful candidates filed 20 separate writ petitions with the HC, challenging the legality of the process of this recruitment.
In the petitions, the petitioners claimed that quota system was not properly followed in the recruitments. If the quota system was followed, they would get appointments, DAG Tushar said citing the writ petition.