Agartala: The Supreme Court on Thursday put an end to the prolonged case of 8,882 terminated ad-hoc teachers by upholding the Tripura High Court order.
The bench comprising Justice UU Lalit and Vineet Saran pronounced the order, “In our view, considering the fact that the very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates”.
The order copy also cited that it must be noted that the attempt on part of the State in offering certain alternate employment is not to degrade the teachers.
The court also said that the candidates, if eligible, will certainly have the opportunity till March 31, 2023 to get selected for the posts of teachers in the state. Those who are unsuccessful in such attempts may retain the alternate employment which in the Courts view does not amount to any degradation.
Selection of 10,323 teachers was done in pursuant to advertisements issued in the years 2002, 2006 and 2009 which was challenged before the High Court of Tripura by Tanmoy Nath and others.
“While accepting the challenge, it was held by the High Court that the selection was contrary to the provisions of the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 and the relevant policies and that the appointments were arbitrary and illegal. It was found that the selection was irrational and illogical and that it suffered from nepotism and favouritism”, the order copy reads.
The state government had sought permission to give age & other relaxations irrespective of the number of years required to the erstwhile ad-hoc teachers so that they are appointed to various non-technical and direct recruitment Group-C & Group-D posts in departments.
Among other relaxations the state government had asked to allow relaxation in other conditions in recruitment rule as per rules as per need and justification. The state government had also asked to permit the state to appoint the discharge ah-hoc teachers against vacant government posts as per eligibility directly without open advertisement.