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Tripura High Court Full Bench Dismissed Plea Of ‘10,323’ Sacked Teachers. Fined Penalty

The full bench of Tripura High Court again dismissed the much-discussed sacked 10323 teacher case. 

Not only that, the petitioner is fined Rs 25,000 as Penalty for waste the valuable time of the court.

The Full Bench, which sat for the first time in the history of the High Court of Tripura with Chief Justice A K Singh, Justice T Amarnath Gaud, and Justice Arindam Lodh on chair has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner besides setting aside the plea that the judgment of the high court in 2014 didn’t terminate the service of 10323 teachers en mass.

For the first time in the history of the Tripura High Court, a full bench headed by Chief Justice AK Singh, Justice T Amarnath Gaur and Justice Arindam Lodh dismissed the petition of dismissed teacher Pranab Dev.

Advocate General Siddharth Shankar Dey was against Advocate Amritlal Saha in the court that day. After hearing both sides, the full bench not only dismissed the petition but also imposed a fine of Rs.25,000 on the petitioner.

The court observed that there were a series of similar petitions in the courts and there speaking orders in all the cases. The present petitioner failed to point out how he should be treated differently. The High Court also took note of the previous judgments given from time to time and found that the present petitioner warranted penal action for once again using the time of the High Court.

The Advocate General also pleaded that a penalty should be imposed as the petitioner’s contention appeared to have been ‘cavalier’ in the light of previous judgments which had found the petitioner’s contention ‘despicable’ and the court imposed a fine of Rs 25,000.

Since the entire selection process through which 10,323 teachers including the petitioner had been set aside by the Apex Court for being arbitrary, indulging in nepotism, favoritism, and in a questionable manner, the court pointed out that the petitioner’s job was terminated not for any personal wrongdoing but for the fact that entire selection process had been set aside.

A division bench of High Court of Tripura comprised of then Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice S C Das had terminated the job of 10,323 on May 7, 2014, because they found an unfair means in the recruitment of teachers was adopted depriving a large number of genuine and meritorious aspirants.

The High Court had observed the state government’s argument of need and merit-based employment for the teachers and maintained that the employment policy appeared to be beyond the constitutional limits, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

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