Former Director General of the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal and four others offered unconditional apology to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday for not complying with its earlier order.
Accepting the apology, the apex court exonerated them from the court of contempt charges.
The four others are DPE Deputy Director Md Ramjan Ali, Gaibandha District Primary Education Officer Aminul Islam, its Sadar Upazila Primary Education Officer Md Abdus Salam and Upazila Assistant Education Officer Masumul Islam.
Earlier on December 7, the court summoned Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, now defence secretary, and the four others to appear before it today.
On August 3, 2017, the court directed the five officers to appoint a candidate named Beauty Begum as a Gaibandha primary teacher within 15 days as she became first in a recruitment test, but they did not comply with it.
According to the case, Beauty stood first in the teachers’ recruitment test in a non-government registered primary schools in 2008. Instead of appointing her, the school authorities appointed second scorer Nazma Sultana. In course of time, the government has nationalised the school.
Being deprived of the job, Beauty filed a case with Gaibandha Assistant Judge Court and got an order in her favour.
The matter later moved the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court which passed order favouring Beauty directing the authorities concerned to appoint her for the post.
For not complying with the order, the SC issued a contempt of rule against then primary DG and four others in March this year.
They were asked to submit the reply to the rule from March 2 to 16. Instead of replying, the defendants sought time.