AGARTALA, Aug 5 - A Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Vineet Saran, today rejected the petitions filed by some among the 10,323 retrenched teachers of Tripura.
The judges proclaimed that all the petitions filed by Alak Chakraborty, Bijay Krishna Saha, Ajay Debbarma and Manas Bhowmik were being rejected. They directed the petitioners to see the full order of the court for details.
Today�s order came as a big blow to the prospects of reappointment of the retrenched teachers, for whom the Tripura Government had also filed an affidavit detailing how it proposed to absorb them in various posts.
�Had the State Government been serious about reappointing us, they would have revived the non-teaching posts, cleared by the Supreme Court, by a Cabinet decision and given us non-teaching jobs,� said an axed teacher.
In the course of the hearing of the petitions clubbed together, the apex court Bench had asked the Tripura Government to clear its stand on what it wants to do for the discharged teachers. Accordingly, the State Government, in an affidavit, pleaded for �alternative employment� for them. But today�s judgement came as a shock to the 10,323 retrenched teachers and their families.