In an embarassment for the Punjab government,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday restrained the state from implementing a recent policy that sought to name government schools and other public institutions after people who donate money for them.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice R K Jain took suo motu cognisance of the development while referring to newspaper reports during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Iqbal Singh.
The petitioner,through his counsel H C Arora,had sought a direction to Punjab to immediately fill around 500 vacant posts of principals in senior secondary schools. The bench,however,took note of the policy,under which government schools or other public institutions will be named as per the choice of those who donate a prescribed amount to government for them. It observed that this policy violates Article 14 of the Constitution. The Bench restrained the state from enforcing the policy and added that no amounts shall be accepted for this purpose henceforth.