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Top court relief for sacked teachers

Agartala, Aug. 4: In a huge relief to the worried state government and 10,323 sacked graduate, postgraduate and undergraduate teachers, the Supreme Court today admitted two special leave petitions filed by the state government and pro-CPM Tripura Government Teachers’ Association acting on behalf of sacked teachers.

It stayed directions given by High Court of Tripura and asked the state government to file an affidavit correcting the anomalies in the state’s employment policy on the basis of which the sacked teachers had been appointed.

The special leave petitions will come up for hearing on September 12.

Having been informed by the state government’s standing counsel Gopal Singh that the special leave petitions had been listed for hearing on August 4, law secretary Datamohan Jamatya and director of school education department Pradip Chakaborty had been camping in Delhi since last Friday holding meetings with the state government’s lawyer P.P. Rao and jurist Rajiv Dhawan who had taken the brief of the sacked teachers.

Speaking over phone from Delhi, Jamatya said the petitions, clubbed together, had come up for hearing on admissibility at noon in court number-7 as item number-26.

After the submission by the state’s and teachers’ lawyers the division bench of Justice J.S. Kehar and Justice R.K. Agarwal admitted the case, staying directions given by the High Court of Tripura on May 7 this year and directing the state government to reformulate its employment policy in the light of observations made by the high court and submit the same in the form of affidavit in the apex court before next hearing of the case on September 12.

Jamatya did not elaborate further, but a senior official of the state government said that seven points of the 10-point employment policy of the state government had been upheld by the High Court of Tripura.

“Only three points were found to be repugnant to the Constitution and we will appropriately amend the three points for submission to the apex court,” said the official.

Law minister Tapan Chakraborty today welcomed the Supreme Court order.

The leadership of the TGTA was exultant over the issue, expressing hope that the apex court will do justice and life and livelihood of 10,323 teachers and their families would not be dislocated.