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Agartala: Amidst protest by the 10,323 terminated teachers, the High Court of Tripura has rejected a petition filed by three teachers demanding direct recruitment in different Group-C and Group-D posts of government departments.

The single bench of Justice Arindam Lodh passed the order upholding the policy of the state government for re-employment of terminated teachers.

The High Court said that it is not possible to order the government to appoint people directly according to Article 226 of the Constitution.

Three teachers– Bijay Krishna Saha, Rajib Das and Arun Bhowmik — had moved the High Court seeking directions to provide jobs in Group-C and Group-D, ignoring the recruitment policy. 

After hearing the petition, Justice Arindam Lodh said the Court could not give a fresh verdict in the light of the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Tripura High Court had canceled the employment of 10,323 teachers in 2014 due to wrong recruitment policy following which the state government had approached the Supreme Court challenging the verdict. However, the Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the High Court after a lengthy hearing.

Since then, both the state government and the terminated teachers moved to the apex court to save the jobs of those 10323 teachers. However, the Supreme Court allowed their appointment on an ad-hoc basis till March 31, 2020 last.

The new government had sought permission for direct appointment in govt jobs, which was not accepted by the court, but only age-exemption was given by the court for re-employment opportunities in Group-C and Group-D posts. 

Ignoring the recruitment policy for the post, three dismissed teachers had applied to the high court to give them a chance to be appointed. However, the court rejected their application.

Justice Arindam Lodh said that the court cannot order the government to appoint a person ignoring the recruitment policy and it would be unconstitutional.

Moreover, the High Court has no jurisdiction to issue new orders in the light of the Supreme Court judgment. The Tripura High Court dismissed the petition of the sacked teachers.

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