Allowing judge’s son as lawyer: HC stays gazette notification

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The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the Bangladesh Bar Council and the government to explain in four weeks why the gazette notification should not be declared illegal

The High Court on Wednesday stayed a gazette notification on the enlistment of the son of a justice as a High Court lawyer although he had failed the enrolment examination.

The bench of Justices Tariq ul Hakim and Md Iqbal Kabir also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the publication of the gazette notification should not be declared illegal.

With the stay order, Zumman Siddique will not be allowed to practise in the High Court, said Syed Sayedul Haque Suman, one of the writ petitioners.

Earlier, four High Court benches felt embarrassed and expressed their inability to hear the writ petition on November 21, 28, December 11, and 15 as one of their colleague’s son was involved in the matter.

Barrister Aneek R Haque, Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and Advocate Ishrat Hasan stood for the writ while Barrister M Amir-ul Islam stood for the Zumman Siddique, son of Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique.

The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the Bangladesh Bar Council and the government to explain in four weeks why the gazette notification should not be declared illegal.

On November 21, Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and advocate Ishrat Hasan filed a writ petition claiming that the published gazette was “unlawful.”

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

According to the writ, Zumman Siddique, failed the Bangladesh Bar Council’s MCQ exam two times.

Law secretary, the vice chairman and secretary of the Bar Council, and Zumman Siddique were made respondents to the writ.

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