The chamber judge of the Supreme Court stayed a High Court ruling that halted a recruitment tests for senior officers, officers and cash officers of Sonali Bank, Rupali Bank and Janata Bank, scheduled to be held on Friday.
Supreme Court Chamber Judge Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the six-week stay order after hearing an appeal petition by the central bank against the High Court ruling.
With this, Md Mosharraf Hossain Khan, general manager and member secretary of Bankers Selection Committee at Bangladesh Bank, said there remains no bar in holding the recruitment examinations for now.
In response to a writ petition, the division bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan on Sunday stayed the process for recruitment of the aforementioned posts on the basis of circulars issued by Bangladesh Bank in 2017.
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Before holding the recruitment examinations on the basis of the circulars issued in 2017, the bench also issued a rule asking a number of respondents to explain why they should not be directed to hold recruitment examinations on the basis of the circulars issued in 2016.
Bangladesh Bank had issued three separate circulars in 2016 for recruiting senior officers, officers and cash officers of three state-run banks – Sonali Bank, Rupali Bank and Janata Bank, but without holding the recruitment examinations on the basis of the 2016 circular, the central bank issued a combined circular on December 26 last year for recruitment for these posts of the eight state-run banks and financial institutions.
Twenty examinees who applied for the circulars published in 2016 filed the writ challenging the legitimacy of the 2017 circular issued by the central bank.
Finance secretary, governor of Bangladesh Bank, and chairman and secretary of Bank Recruitment Selection Committee have been made respondents to the rule.
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The exam was scheduled to be held to recruit employees for 527 posts in Sonali Bank Limited, 161 in Janata Bank Limited, 283 in Rupali Bank Limited, 39 in Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, 351 in Bangladesh Krishi Bank, 231 in Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, 70 in Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) and one post in Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation, according to a press release.
The one-hour MCQ test worth 100 marks, by the banks and financial institutions, will kick off from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at different centres in Dhaka.