The government has been referring to a Supreme Court “order” on the reservation of 30 percent quota for the children of freedom fighters for the last few days, arguing that it cannot be changed.
At present, 56 percent of government jobs are reserved for candidates under various quotas -- 30 percent for freedom fighters' children and grandchildren, 10 percent for women, 10 percent for people of underdeveloped districts, five percent for members of indigenous communities and one percent for the physically challenged.
The quota reform movement, waged by students of various universities, want a logical reform of the quota system, which they say is unjust and unfair.
On Saturday, The Daily Star asked the liberation war affairs minister if it was really mandatory to abide by the court's observation.
He said the observation on the quota system was first made by the HC and was upheld by the SC. "So it has become an order of the court. And we are obliged to abide by it."
But the SC itself considered the HC remarks as an observation, and not as an order.
Law Minister Anisul Huq's explanation also does not support Mozammel's interpretation.
"An observation made by the High Court or the Supreme Court remains as an observation until and unless it is made a part of the order. And it will not be a contempt of court if the observation is not abided by [any party to the case]," he told The Daily Star on Monday.
But he added any observations by the HC and the SC should be taken very seriously.