Two DU students file petition against HC verdict over quota reinstatement

Students and job seekers blocked Shahbagh intersection for five hours on Thursday protesting against the reinstatement of the quota system in government jobsShuvra Kanti Das

Two students, who are known as pro-quota reformists, have filed a petition challenging the High Court verdict reinstating the quota in government jobs.

They appealed to the chamber court of the Appellate Division seeking permission of the affidavit for filing the petition on Tuesday.

Senior lawyer Shah Monjurul Haque attending the hearing on behalf of two students in the court. Lawyer M Harunor Rashid Khan accompanied him.

Two DU students file petition against HC verdict over quota reinstatement

Two students' lawyer M Harunor Rashid Khan said the petition has been filed against the High Court verdict after the permission. Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said, "The petition will be heard at the chamber court today."

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Petitioners, two students, are Al Sadi Bhuiyan, a student of the anthropology department and Dhaka University Journalist Association president and Urdu department student Ahnaf Saeed Khan.

On 4 Ocotber 2018, the public administration ministry issued a circular canceling the quota from nine grade to 13th grade (Class I and II) in government jobs.

However, in 2021, seven children of freedom fighters including Ohidul Islam filed a writ with the High Court challenging the abolition of the freedom fighters' quota for government jobs.

The High Court issued a rule over the primary hearing of the writ on 6 December 2021. The rule sought explanation about showing disrespect due of freedom fighters and non-compliance of the High Court and the Appellate Division orders.

After the final hearing, the High Court declared the rule 'absolute' on 5 June.

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Seeking the stay of the High Court verdict, the state filed a petition, which was placed for hearing in the full bench of the Appellate Division via the chamber court. As the writ petitioner sought time, the Appellate Division ordered "not today" (4 July). Moreover, the state was asked to file a regular leave to appeal. Under such a situation, two students today filed the petition against the High Court verdict.