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Writ filed as lawyer gets to practice in HC despite failing exam

  • Published at 10:10 pm November 21st, 2019
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File photo of High Court building Dhaka Tribune

According to the writ, Md Jumman Siddiki, son of High Court Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique, failed the Bangladesh Bar Council Advocateship Enrolment exam multiple times

A writ has been filed with the High Court challenging a gazette notification allowing a lawyer practice in the High Court Division despite failing to acquire the necessary qualifications.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and Advocate Ishrat Hasan filed the writ petition on Thursday claiming that the gazette published was "unlawful."

According to the writ, Md Jumman Siddiki, son of High Court Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique, failed the Bangladesh Bar Council Advocateship Enrolment exam multiple times. 

However, on October 31, Bangladesh Bar Council published a gazette notification permitting Jumman to practice law in the High Court stating that the decision was taken during a meeting of the council held on September 9. 

Advocate Ishrat Hasan confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

In order to become a lawyer in Bangladesh, a law graduate has to enter into a contract with a legal practitioner with at least 10 years of experience. 

Following the apprenticeship, the fresh graduate has to go through three rounds of tests to pass the Bangladesh Bar Council Advocateship Enrolment exam.

Advocate Ishrat said: "What happened here is a complete violation of rules." 

Secretary of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, vice chairman and secretary of the Bar Council along with Md Jumman Siddiki have been made respondents to the writ.