HC stays appointments of 138 RU teachers, employees

Monday's High Court stayed the appointments of 138 Rajshahi University employees and teachers made by M Abdus Sobhan, its former vice-chancellor. He had been appointed on May 5, his last day working against a ban imposed on him by the education ministry.

The court requested the Anti-Corruption Commission in an investigation into the alleged misuse of power by M Abdus Sobhan, vice-chancellor for giving the appointments. It was to submit its probe report within 60 days. The court also requested the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the education secretary to explain within four weeks why they wouldn't be asked to take any action against Abdus Sobhan after receiving the probe report.

After hearing the writ petition of Mubassher Hossain, convener of Consumer Association of Bangladesh, the online bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah & Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah made an order.

The Rajshahi University Teachers' Recruitment Policy 2017, which empowered the vice-chancellor, was also stopped by the court.

Jyotirmoy Barrua, the lawyer for petitioner, argued that 2017 was the year when the rule regarding teacher recruitments was amended to make it easier to appoint Sobhan's daughter or her husband.

After the appointments, the vice-chancellor was the subject of a lot of criticism. A number protestors gathered at his residence on campus and besieged him. Abdus Sobhan was escorted by police from the campus.




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