Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  
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RU controversial hiring stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for five weeks the process of recruitment of some 546 lower grade employees at Rajshahi University (RU).

Passing the stay order, a vacation bench comprising Justice Nozrul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Siddiqur Rahman Miah issued a rule upon the RU authorities to explain why its recruitment process should not be declared unlawful.

The court orders came following a public interest litigation (PIL) writ filed by Fazle Hossain Badsha, former vice-president of Rajshahi University Central Students Union (Rucsu) and Workers Party leader.

Badsha filed the writ with the HC challenging the legality of the recruitment, as a lawsuit filed earlier in this matter is still pending with the Supreme Court for disposal.

Counsel for the petitioner submitted before the court that the RU authorities took the initiative to recruit lower grade staff on political considerations.

There has not been any approval of the University Grants Commission against the recruitment, the counsel told the court. No budgetary allocation has been made in favour of the recruitment, the counsel added.

He further argued that even the RU Syndicate, the highest decision making body, did not take any resolution with regard to recruitment of lower grade employees.

Advocate M K Rahman with Advocate Ruhul Quddus Babu appeared for the petitioner.