The Appellate Division on Thursday stayed for six weeks a High Court order that stayed the recruitment processes of state-owned Sonali, Rupali and Janata banks for six months.

The stay order passed by chamber judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain cleared the way for holding the recruitment tests for the three banks and five other state-owned banks, attorney general Mahbubey Alam said.

Earlier, the High Court Division on Sunday stayed the recruitment processes of state-owned Sonali, Rupali and Janata banks for six months.

Eight state-owned banks’ combined tests for the recruitment of senior officers (general), officers (general), and officers (cash) are scheduled to be held on January 12.

In a rule the High Court directed the government and Bangladesh Bank’s Bankers’ Selection Committee chairman to explain in four weeks why circulars issued in 2017 inviting applications for appointing senior officers and officers of state-owned Sonali, Janata and Rupali banks would not be declared illegal.

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The court also asked the respondents to explain within the stipulated period why recruitments would not take place according to the circulars issued in 2016.

As respondents, Bangladesh Bank governor, the financial institutions division secretary and BB’s Bankers’ Selection Committee chairman were directed to reply to the rule.

A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan issued the order after hearing a writ petition jointly filed by Md Asaduzzaman and 27 other candidates who had applied for the jobs with the Sonali, Janata and Rupali banks responding to their circulars issued in 2016.

But the writ petitioners were disqualified for the combined recruitment test in 2017 as they crossed the 30-year age, the last limit for entry into government service.

Petitioners’ lawyer Rashedul Haque Khokan submitted in the hearing that the Bankers’ Selection Committee issued the 2nd circular in 2017 inviting fresh applications bypassing a High Court Division directive in place.

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