Hearing of 2 applications regarding the FF quota is scheduled for 11:30 am today

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The Appellate Division of the High Court has set today, Wednesday (July 10), for hearing the applications filed by two students and the state regarding the stay order on quota restoration. Obaidul Hassan, the Chief Justice will lead a five-member bench of the Appellate Division to commence the hearing at 11:30 am.

Two students of Dhaka University have applied to the Appellate Division seeking cancellation of the High Court's decision to stay the annulment of the ‘Freedom Fighter’ quota in government jobs for first and second-class categories. On Tuesday (July 9), they filed the application in the relevant branch after obtaining permission from the Chamber Court of the Appellate Division. Subsequently, Justice Md. Ashfaqul Islam's Chamber Court ordered the application to be placed for a regular bench hearing in the Appellate Divisionon on Tuesday (July 9).

At that time, senior lawyer Shah Manjurul Haque conducted the hearing for the two students in court. He was accompanied by lawyer M. Harunur Rashid Khan.

The two students from Dhaka University were Al Sadi Bhuinya, a student of the Department of Sociology, and Ahanaf Saiid Khan, a student of the Department of Urdu and also the president of the Dhaka University Journalists' Association.

Until the abolition of the quota system in 2018, 30-56 percent of government job positions were reserved for the children of freedom fighters under various quotas. Six years ago, students and job seekers rallied under the banner of the Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatro Odhikar Sngrakkhon Parishad to demand reform of this quota system.

In response to this movement, on October 4, 2018, the administration issued a circular abolishing the quota system. 

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