Students lock Bar Council

Law students of a private university peeved over the denial of admit cards for Advocateship Enrollment Exam have shut the Bangladesh Bar Council’s entrances.

Students of Darul Ihsan University’s Law Department put up padlocks on three of its entrances at around 1pm Wednesday, to prevent others from receiving the admit card. September 4 is the last day for receiving the card to sit for the exams.

Those who want to practice law after finishing their education must sit for Advocateship Enrolment Examination before they can be registered with the Bangladesh Bar Council. The last day to obtain an admit card for the examination scheduled on Sept 6 is on Wednesday.

Jahangir Alam one of the aggrieved students of Darul Ihsan told bdnews24.com, “We have paid the fee, but none of us got our admit cards. They are not even telling us why we have been denied the card.”

The students have been on a symbolic hunger strike from Sept 1, said Alam. But as no one was paying heed to them, they have been compelled to block entry to the Bar Council, he added.

Nusrat Salam, a Northern University student who came to pick up her admit card said, “They have locked the gates. They won’t let anyone in.”

When asked about the predicament Bangladesh Bar Council information officer Nazmul Ahsan told bdnews24.com, “Darul Ihsan students sat for the examination last year but there is a mismatch in the signatures in their certificates which is creating the trouble.”

He said the council has sent a letter to University Grant Commission to know which one is the ‘actual’ Darul Ihsan University. The students are not being handed their admit cards because it has not yet received any reply from the UGC.

A writ petition was filed with the High Court to decide which is the real branch of Darul Ihsan as it is governed by more than one board.

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