The high court on Thursday said government-sponsored and private educational institutes could not deduct pay if teachers stayed away from work on a holiday declared by the state government.
The ruling came following a petition by five teachers who had lost a dayís salary after they refused to sign the attendance register on August 8, 2011 ó the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The Mamata Banerjee-led state government had declared a state holiday under the Negotiable Instruments (NI) Act that day.
The division bench of Justice P.K. Chattopadhyay and Justice Tarun Das asked Udayrajpur Higher Secondary School to pay the teachers the dayís salary immediately, adding that they were right in not signing the register.