GUWAHATI, June 10 � The Gauhati High Court has directed the State Government to reinstate 40 candidates whose services as Lower Division Assistants (LDAs) in the State Secretariat were terminated after they reported for joining on May 19, 2001.
The court of Justice Anima Hazarika in its order on June 1 in connection with the writ petitions (civil) numbers 5645/2010 and 2184/2010, said that the appointment of the petitioners made through an order dated March 30, 2001, cannot be faulted with. Therefore, the court set aside the termination orders issued in connection with the appointment of the petitioners.
The court directed the Government to reinstate the petitioners against their respective posts of LDA as expeditiously as possible but not later than eight weeks from the date of passing the judgment.
However, the court said, the petitioners would not be entitled to any arrear salary for the period they have not worked.
The court also observed that the Government plea that non-routing the Cabinet Memorandum by which the appointment order of the petitioners was issued, through the Chief Secretary was not a right stand.