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HC orders cancellation of Janata Bank recruitment test

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Staff Reporter :
The High Court (HC) on Thursday cancelled the written examination held on April 21 last year, for the recruitment of Executive Officers of Janata Bank on account of question paper leak.
The court also directed the authorities concerned to hold fresh examination for the appointment of the said officers as soon as possible.
The HC Bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by 15 candidates challenging the legality of holding the examination   on April 21 last year.
The writ petitioners prayed to cancel the examination and hold a fresh one. They said in the petitions that the question papers of the examination were leaked before the examination.
Writ petitioner's counsel Advocate Ripon Kumar Barua and Advocate Suprakash Dutta told the reporters that the HC ordered fresh examination as the allegation of leakage of question paper had been found true.
The High Court on May 22, 2017 imposed a restriction for three months on publishing the results of written test for the post of Executive Officer of Janata Bank Ltd and its further proceedings.
It also issued a rule asking the authorities to explain as to why their inaction to investigate the allegation of question paper leak should not be declared illegal.
The court passed the order and issued the rule following a writ petition filed by 15 candidates who sat for the written test, challenging the inaction of the respondents.
On April 21 last year, around 9,400 candidates attended the two-hour-long written test in the city's Eden College, Lalmatia College and Ideal College premises.
Finance Secretary, Law Secretary, Bangladesh Bank Governor, President of Bangladesh Bankers' Association, Chairman of Selection Committee, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University, Dean of Social Science Department of Dhaka University and Managing Director of Janata Bank were made respondents to the rule.
Petitioner's lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said that DU Social Science Department organized the written test for the post of Executive Officer of Janata Bank on April 21. But the question paper of the test was leaked just before the tests.

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