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HC order on art college

The high court on Friday directed the state government to appoint Manoj Sarkar, a professor of the Government College of Art and Craft, as officer-in-charge of the institution. The post is currently held by Dipali Bhattacharya.

The division bench of Justice P.K. Roy and Justice M.A. Ghani also asked the government to publish an advertisement within three months, inviting applications for the post of principal.

The legal tussle started in December 2006, with Sarkar moving the state administrative tribunal against a government order appointing Kamalaksha Ganguli as principal.

Sarkar had claimed that the appointment was illegal as he was 52 and had only a degree in commercial art. “According to the rule, the principal must be below 50 during appointment and have a degree in arts or sculpture.”

The tribunal overturned the order, prompting Ganguli to move the high court. Soon after, the government removed Ganguli from the post and appointed Bhattacharya as officer-in-charge.