AGARTALA, May 7 � In a landmark judgment, the division bench of High Court of Tripura on Wednesday cancelled appointment of over 10,000 teachers after a long hearing.
Recently, one Tanmoy Nath and 151 others had filed a writ petition before the High Court challenging the recruitment of teachers in various categories by the Tripura Government.
After hearing the case, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice SC Das cancelled the appointment of 10,323 teachers of different categories on the ground that the selection of candidates was not fair.
From 2010 to December 2013, the State Government had appointed 1,100 PGTs, 4617 GTs and 4,606 UGTs under School Education department.
In the last phase, the department had filled up 4,606 UGTs without conducting the TET sparking an uproar among job seekers. Conducting an elaborate hearing, the court cancelled the appointment of all the 10,323 teachers putting a question mark on the State Government�s revised employment policy.
However, the court allowed the teachers to stay in service till 31.12.2014 so that normal functioning of schools doesn�t get affected due to the judgment.
In the 600 page judgment, the division bench also asked the government to start a fresh appointment process to recruit teachers under the NCTE guideline.
Advocate Arun Kanti Bhowmik, who moved the case in favour of the petitioners told the media �The hon�ble court has cancelled the appointment of 10,323 teachers since their appointment was unfair and the government had adopted a pick and choose policy�. Advocate General BC Das, however, remained silent on today�s verdict hinting at challenging the verdict before the Supreme Court.
Opposition Congress welcomed today�s verdict saying that the High Court had done the right thing. �What we have been saying since long has been proved true in the High Court finally. Today�s verdict is the evidence that the Left Front Government had done injustice to the genuine candidates�, said PCC spokesman Dr Ashok Sinha.