HC bench embarrassed to hear Dr Zafarullah’s writ petition

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

A High Court bench on Tuesday felt embarrassed to hear a writ petition filed by Dr Zafarullah Chowdhury on grounds that he earlier praised one of its judges in a public speech.

Dr Zafrullah filed the writ seeking an increase of seats at his Gonoshasthaya Samaj Vittik Medical College before the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman, reports UNB.

In a speech in front of the National Press Club on September 11, Dr Zafarullah criticized former chief Justice ABM Kharul Haque and praised HC Justice M Enayetur Rahim.

In expressing to hear the writ the bench observed that a decision from this bench might get questioned.

The court suggested the writ petitioner’s lawyer submitting an appeal for hearing it on another bench.

Barrister Fakhrul Islam presented the petitioner’s side at the court while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar stood for the state.

Gonoshasthaya Medical College had been allowed by Dhaka University to admit 110 students a year, but in 2021the university lowered the number to 50.

Following an appeal in this regard, the number of seats was increased to 60.

Later Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafarullah filed a writ petition challenging the decision.