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POST TIME: 22 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Writ against bar council enrollment sans exam
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Writ against bar council enrollment sans exam

A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday challenging a Bangladesh Bar Council gazette notification that enrolled a law graduate as an advocate of the High Court Division without any examination. The enrolled advocate, Mohammad Zumman Siddique, is a son of a sitting Justice of the High Court Division.

Barrister Syed Sayedul Hoque Sumon, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ petition with the related section of the High Court Division. According to the petition, an official gazette notification issued by the Bangladesh Bar Council on October 31 this year stated that the following name (Mohammad Zumman Siddique), a law graduate practitioner in the New Zealand High Court, has

been added to the Roll of Advocates maintained by the Bangladesh Bar Council, under Article 20 of the legal practitioners and Bar Council order, 1972.  He is entitled to practice in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, the notification said.

Barrister Syed Sayeedul Hoque Sumon said the authorities concerned enrolled the law graduate violating the rules and regulations of Bangladesh Bar Council.

The petitioner lawyer also said, “Mohammad Zumman Siddique failed two times in the enrollment examination of the bar council. Then the bar council gave him enrollment by issuing a gazette whereas thousands of law graduates of the country face a tough battle to get the bar council enrollment.”

Law secretary, vice chairman and secretary of Bangladesh Bar Council and concerned law graduate have been made respondents to the writ petition. The petitioner lawyer said the petition may be heard in the High Court bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam.

It is noted that a law graduate have to go through a preliminary test, a written test and a viva voce to get enrollment in the Bangladesh Bar Council.