DHAKA, Mar 21: The High Court has directed the Public Service Commission (PSC) to allow candidates with disabilities to sit for the 33rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations.
The bench of justices Naima Haider and Farid Ahmed passed the order on Tuesday on a writ petition.
Four human rights organisations, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and National Council of Disabled Women (NCDW) and Swapan Chowkidar, a lawyer, and Ridwanul Hoque, a teacher of law faculty of Dhaka University, jointly filed the petition on April 19 last year.
The petitioners sought a rule upon the respondents to explain why the provisions of the Bangladesh Civil Service (Age, Qualification and Examinations for Direct Recruitment) Rules 1982, preventing the candidates with disabilities from appearing in the BCS and Bangladesh Judicial Service examinations, should not be declared unconstitutional.
Advocate Khandaker Shahriar Shakir argued for the petitioners during the hearing.