ASK challenges land ownership requirement provision in constable recruitment notice

A notice issued by the Police headquarter on 26 November 2015 for the recruitment of trainee recruit constable (male/female) in the Police department asked candidates to attach UP chairman/city corporation/municipality certificate and national ID for proving citizenship.

Collins Rozario and Raju Prashad Kori are residents of a tea garden in Moulvibazar. They both took the recruitment test and submitted the required certificates/IDs. They passed the test but the superintendent of police in Moulvibazar wrote to the officers-in-charge of police stations in Kulaura and Kamalganj (where the two youths live) on 27 January 2016 that their names were not included in the final list based on the verification report as they had no land properties. But the recruitment notice by Police headquarter also said candidates applying in the orphan quota do not need to own land properties. If orphans do not need to possess land properties for proving citizenship or permanent residence, then the condition to own such properties for other citizens conflicts with the basic right of any citizen to be employed in the public sector.

Challenging the provision of the recruitment notice, Ain o Salish Kendra, and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust filed a writ petition (petition no-3841) with the High Court on 30 March 2016.

 

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