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Another setback to SP govt: Allahabad High Court strikes down appointment of SESSB chairman

The high court has now fixed October 8 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

By: Express News Service | Allahabad |
October 6, 2015 1:08:47 am

THE Allahabad High Court Monday struck down the appointment of Sanil Kumar as the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Services Selection Board (UPSESSB).

The order passed by a division bench comprising justices Arun Tandon and Ashwani Kumar Mishra comes as a setback to the Samajwadi Party government in the state, which had appointed Kumar to the post after his predecessor Anita Yadav and two others members, Ashalata Singh and Lalit Srivastava, were “restrained from discharging (their) official duties” by a court order dated July 6.

The high court has now fixed October 8 as the next date of hearing in the matter. The court’s verdict came less than a month after hearing began on Goel’s petition on September 16.

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The court declared as illegal Kumar’s appointment, allowing the petition of one Jitendra Kumar Goel who had alleged that “absolutely no procedure known to law was followed in the matter of selection”. Chief Standing Counsel Ramesh Upadhyaya confirmed the development. “The court has set aside the appointment of Sanil Kumar. It has also sought replies on the issue of the three members of the UPSESSB,” he said.

Goel’s counsel Sanjay Kumar Mishra said that the petitioners had contended that Kumar was appointed in violation of the norms, as a single application was presented to the appointing authority and no wide publicity for the same was done. Besides, his educational qualifications, for the purposes of appointment as Chairman, were also questioned.

Before taking over as the chairman of the UPSESSB, Kumar was the principal of an Inter College in Firozabad district of the state. Incidentally, a petition challenging Kumar’s appointment as the principal of the college is also pending before the court.

Besides, hearing continues on the petition that had challenged the appointment of Anita Yadav, Ashalata Singh and Lalit Srivastava to their respective posts. The petitioner Abhilasha Mishra has alleged none of the three appointed had the requisite qualifications.

Meanwhile, in an order passed on October 1, the same division bench has restrained Sanjay Kumar Singh, the officiating secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Services Commission, from discharging his official functions. His appointment, too, has been challenged on the grounds that he had filed forged marksheets of MA and procured forged caste certificate to get a job as lecturer in a post-graduate degree college in Bhadohi.

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