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Enrolment of judge’s son as advocate: Another HC bench refuses to hear writ petition

  • Published at 08:54 pm December 11th, 2019
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Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and KM Kamrul Kader refused to hear the writ when the petition moved to their bench on Wednesday

Refused by two High Court benches earlier, a third bench has also refused to hear a writ petition challenging a gazette notification allowing a lawyer to practice in the High Court even after failing bar exams. 

Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and KM Kamrul Kader refused to hear the writ when the petition moved to their bench on Wednesday. 

Barrister Anik R Haque, Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman, and Advocate Ishrat Hasan stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state. 

Earlier, the bench of Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam, and the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman, both refused to hear the writ. 

On November 21, Supreme Court Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and Advocate Ishrat Hasan filed the writ petition saying the published gazette 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 exams several times. 

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

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

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

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 which Md Jumman Siddiki failed.