Agartala: The High Court of Tripura yesterday turned down the plea to terminate 10,323 government teachers from getting alternative employment without any selection process. They lost the job in a Supreme Court order last year, as the selection process was questioned.
In a Writ Petition by Bijoy Krishna Saha, Rajib Das and Arun Bhaumik seek direction to the state government to provide them employment in the vacant Group C and D post without adhering to any selection process.
After a long hearing, Justice Arindam Lodh quashed the petition terming the claim itself was illegal and that no court can give such directions compelling any state government or any authority to make any such employment in any public post so as to accommodate without any selection process.
The High Court observed that earlier “the Supreme Court clarified that the State government is obliged to conduct selection process in which the terminated teachers shall be entitled to participate with age relaxation and no relaxation has been given to other eligibility criteria mentioned in the respective Recruitment Rules applicable for the posts to be advertised by different departments.”
Justice Lodh however, advised the state government and its recruiting agencies as well as the terminated teachers including the petitioners to respect the observations and directions made by the apex court in its true sense and spirit and stated, “….this Court cannot reinterpret or re-read the orders otherwise. It has become crystal clear that the Supreme Court did not accede to the request of the State-Government to permit them to appoint the terminated teachers directly without following the Recruitment Rules or following the established employment norms.”