SC orders revival of hiring process for 86 positions at Barapukuria mine

The mine authorities announced the openings in 2009 before abruptly halting the recruitment process, prompting applicants to seek legal recourse

Published : 25 Jan 2024, 08:49 AM
Updated : 25 Jan 2024, 08:49 AM

The apex court has ordered the resumption of the recruitment process for 86 positions at the Barapukuria Coal Mine, which had been halted around 15 years ago.

The directive was issued on Thursday by a five-judge appellate bench led by Chief Justice Obaidul Hasan, who dismissed the review petition filed by the Barapukuria Coal Mine Authority.

The recruitment for these positions had been initially announced in 2009 but was later suspended. This led to the job candidates filing a writ petition in the High Court.

Senior Advocate Shah Manjurul Haque represented the petitioners, while Advocate AM Masum represented the coal mine.

After the hearing, Haque told reporters that the Barapukuria Coal Mine Authority had initially invited applications for 86 positions, including drivers and logistics staff.

Although job seekers had applied, the authorities abruptly ceased the recruitment process. This prompted the applicants to challenge the decision in the High Court.

In 2016, the High Court ruled in favour of the applicants, ordering the recruitment process to resume.

The Barapukuria authorities subsequently appealed the High Court's decision, but the Appellate Division turned it down.

Later, the Barapukuria authorities filed a review petition against the Appellate Division's decision, which has now been dismissed.