The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of the transfer order dated September 27,vide which,Baljit Kaur,the petitioner,had been transferred in public interest from the government middle school at Dhurali to the government middle school at Basma (within SAS Nagar district).
Baljit Kaur had challenged the aforesaid order of transfer by filing a petition. Advocate H C Arora,counsel for the petitioner,submitted before the High Court that her transfer had been ordered by the District Education Officer (School Education),SAS Nagar at the behest of one Surinder Singh,who also belongs to Village Dhurali,where Baljit is working as a PTI teacher.
Surinder Singh is employed as a Steno in the office of the Punjab Education Minister,and he takes undue interest in the functioning of the Gram Panchayat of Dhurali as well as in the working of the Government Middle School,Dhurali,the petitioner has alleged.
Baljit Kaur further submitted that Surinder Singh used his influence over the PA to the Punjab Education Minister,who allegedly issued oral instructions to District Education Officer,SAS Nagar for transferring the petitioner. The petitioner referred to the order of transfer,issued by DEO SAS Nagar,which carried an endorsement to the PA to Punjab Education Minister. The counsel further submitted that the transfer of the petitioner was not in public interest because one Kulbir Singh,PTI Teacher (under suspension),has been brought as her substitute.
The counsel for the petitioner also submitted that the transfer of the petitioner was in violation of the decision taken by the Punjab Education Minister,according to which there was a total ban on transferring any teacher after August 31.
While restraining the operation of the transfer order till the next date of hearing,Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa issued notices to Punjab,and other respondents,including Surinder Singh. The petition will come up for resumed hearing next on January 10.