The Gujarat Affiliated Colleges Services Tribunal has recently offered unconditional written apology to the Gujarat High Court for not following its order to dispose off a petition in six months.
The issue relates to the petition of one Subhash Sheth,who worked as a Computer Programmer at Maninagar Science College in Ahmedabad. Considering him a non-teaching staff,the college authorities had made him to retire at the age of 58. Later,Sheth challenged the decision at the tribunal claiming he was performing duties of the teaching staff and so his superannuation age should be 62. The tribunal had ruled in his favour and directed the college authorities to consider him a teaching staff.
The state government challenged this decision in the HC,which,in September 2009,directed the tribunal to decide the matter afresh within six months. But the tribunal,presided over by its member Krupa Trivedi,did not pass any order on the matter since a similar petition is pending for adjudication of the HC.
Following this,Sheth approached the court with a grievance that despite its direction,the tribunal was not deciding his matter. And the court of Justice M R Shah sought an explanation from the tribunal for not complying with the order. The court was not satisfied with the explanation following which the tribunal registrar tendered unconditional apology to the court.
The tribunal will now hear the petition afresh from Monday.