Selection of teachers: HC refuses to accept state officials’ apology

Days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court held Punjab Principal Secretary (Education) Anjali Bhawra and Director Public Instructions Kamal Kumar guilty of concealing facts and misleading the court in a case pertaining to selection of teachers in 2009,it on Thursday refused to accept the “unconditional apology” tendered by the two officials.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 11:57 am

Days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court held Punjab Principal Secretary (Education) Anjali Bhawra and Director Public Instructions Kamal Kumar guilty of concealing facts and misleading the court in a case pertaining to selection of teachers in 2009,it on Thursday refused to accept the “unconditional apology” tendered by the two officials.

The court also asked the duo to appear before it on Friday to explain why maximum sentence on charges of contempt of court be not awarded to them.

In September 2009,the education department had issued advertisements seeking applications for filling up 7,654 posts,including 700 positions of Hindi teachers. A few candidates who had applied for the posts moved the court alleging that while they were not selected,seven persons with lesser marks were. Following this,the court ordered if persons lower to them in merit had been selected,the petitioners also had to be selected.

Though the petitioners were finally appointed,officials informed the court that 90 more candidates had been selected in a wrong manner. Meanwhile,wrongly selected candidates,who had eventually been removed from service,also approached the court.

The directions had come during the hearing of a contempt petition after the court took a serious note of contradictory affidavits filed before it. The court,on the last day of hearing,had said that education department officials not only selected candidates lower with merit,but also tried to hush up the matter.

Stating that it intends to proceed on charges of perjury against the two,the court had given Bhawra and Kumar at last opportunity to submit their defense on May 30.

On Wednesday,the court said looking into the grave misconduct of the officials,an independent inquiry should be ordered into the case.

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