HC stay on declaration of results to continue

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday refused to vacate the stay it had ordered on declaration of results on any drive to select teachers by the Haryana School Teachers Selection Board.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:23 pm

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday refused to vacate the stay it had ordered on declaration of results on any drive to select teachers by the Haryana School Teachers Selection Board.

The Haryana government on Monday filed an application demanding vacation of the stay ordered by the court on April 12.

Arguing that schools need teachers,Haryana Advocate General Hawa Singh Hooda requested the court to vacate the stay. He urged the court that it may order that the fate of teachers selected by the Board will be subject to final outcome of the petition. The argument,however,failed to cut ice with the division bench,which adjourned the case till July 1.

The Board is set to declare results of around 20,000 candidates vying for various posts as teachers in Haryana. Raising eyebrows over the constitution of the Board,the court,on the last date of hearing,had orally remarked that the selection criteria for its members appears to be unconstitutional.

Alleging that the Haryana government had bent rules and deliberately raised retirement age under the selection criteria for members and chairman of the Board,one Vijay Bansal had moved the court. He had alleged that the selection criteria was tailor-made for the relatives and favourites of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other politicians.

The age of retirement for Board chairman and members was raised to 72 by the Haryana government in November,2011. The petitioner,while claiming that no other Board of this kind had retirement age of over 70,had added that Board Chairman Nand Lal Poonia was 68 — the maximum eligible age to hold office under Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC). Poonia was appointed as the Board chairman in February,2011 after retiring from HSSC.

It was alleged that the retirement age was deliberately raised to accommodate Poonia and another member,T P Bose. Sharma had claimed that Poonia was Hooda’s relative — the CM’s brother-in-law,Satya Dev,had married Poonia’s sister.

On the other hand,Sharma alleged that Bose had retired as a HSSC member on July 5,2010. “Bose was one of Deepinder Hooda’s — son of the chief minister — teachers because of which he was appointed as a member of the selection board,” the petition stated.

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