BSMMU controversial doctors: SC seeks opinions

30 Aug,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The Supreme Court on Monday sought opinions on how the qualified physicians among 111 of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) who were appointed in 2006 can be kept in service.

A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, asked Attorney General Mahbubey Alam to inform it by Sunday about the matter after consultation with the BSMMU authorities.

On May 26, 2005, the BSMMU at its 20th syndicate meeting decided to create posts of 200 medical officers. As per the decision, a circular was issued on October 18, 2005 for the recruitment.

Iqbal Arslan, the then secretary general of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad, filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the circular.

In January, 2006, the HC stayed the recruitment process and issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why the recruitment advertisement should not be declared illegal.

Following a petition filed by the BSMMU, the High Court vacated the stay order asking them to keep the number of newly recruited physicians under 200.

On March 1, 2006, the university authorities appointed 194 physicians and made the service of 174 of them permanent in 2008.

During the final hearing on the rule, the High Court on December 14, 2010, declared the recruitment process of BSMMU illegal.

Some 170 physicians later filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, seeking a stay order on the HC verdict and filed a leave-to-appeal petition with SC in 2011.

On February 22, 2016, the Appellate Division dismissed the leave-to-appeal petition of the physicians.

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