SC stays HC order slapping fine on Suman, Ishrat

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a High Court order giving validity to the enlistment of the son of a justice as an HC lawyer although he failed the enrollment examination and slapping a fine on two lawyers.

A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order following a petition filed by the two lawyers — Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and Advocate Ishrat Hasan.

The HC order will remain stayed until the regular hearing on the appeal against it.

The appeal was filed with the Appellate Division on November 9 against the HC order giving validity to the enlistment of Jumman Siddique as an HC lawyer although he failed the enrollment examination and slapping a Tk 100 fine on Suman and Ishrat each.

On November 8, the HC ruled that the gazette notification on the enlistment of Jumman Siddique as an HC lawyer was valid and fined the two lawyers for wasting court’s time filing a writ petition challenging the gazette.

According to the petition, Jumman failed to secure pass marks in the Bangladesh Bar Council examination. But on October 31, 2019, a gazette notification was published allowing him to practise at the High Court.