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Agartala: The Supreme Court hearing the case of appointment of 10,323 teachers in Tripura has reserved its judgement in the case and has fixed November 1 as the next date of hearing.

The appointment of 10,323 teachers were cancelled by the Tripura High Court on May 7, 2014 after spotting irregularities in the recruitment process. The irregularities surfaced after 59 ‘qualified’ youths filed a petition in the high court.

The then Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Swapan Chandra Das had passed the judgment that the jobs would end on Dec 31 that year, as appointments were not made following the norms.

The high court had asked the government to recruit those deprived youth and save the 10,323 jobs, but the then government didn’t go by the order and instead challenged the verdict in the apex court.

Later, the SC on March 29 last year upheld the judgment of the high court and said the jobs would end on December 31.

But the CPM government then requested the SC to extend the jobs for another six months as the schools would fall short of teachers in the middle of the session. Later the CPM government announced 12,000 non-teaching education staff posts to bypass the apex court’s order. But the government’s decision was challenged.

To check whether the rules can be amended, a team of teachers reportedly submitted a file to the law department. The apex court will decide the fate of the teachers who have served close to ten years in service.

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