In Punjab, teachers convicted of rape, other crimes still in service
Saturday, January, 05 2013 - newsline
CHANDIGARH: At least a dozen convicted teachers, including a rape convict, are still continuing in the Punjab Education Department. A substantial number of them have been convicted for forgery/embezzlement of government funds.
As per the information received by advocate H.C. Arora under RTI from the Office of Director General, Secondary Education Department, Punjab, Chandigarh, it comes out that a dozen convicted teachers are continuing in service.
As per information given by District Education Officer (SS), Amritsar, one Sukhchain Singh, Social Studies Master, who was convicted under Section 406 IPC (Criminal Breach of trust) and sentenced to six months imprisonment, has been reinstated in service after conviction. Earlier, he was dismissed from service in November 2004, but subsequently, he had been reinstated in service vide order dated October 10, 2006, issued by Secretary, Education Department (Education-2 Branch), Punjab, Chandigarh.
One Naresh Kumar, Lecturer (Commerce) is working in Government Senior Secondary School, Khuddi Kalan, Barnala district. He was convicted for certain criminal offences, and is on bail; his criminal appeal is pending in the High Court. However, he has been reinstated on February 8, 2006, subject to the decision of the criminal appeal.
Same order has been passed in case of another convicted lecturer, Rajesh Kumar, Lecturer (Chemistry). However, the information given is silent on the nature of offence for which these employees were convicted by the Criminal Court, although it is stated that criminal case against both of them was registered under orders from DPI (Schools), Punjab.
One Surinder Kumar, Science Master is continuing in service in GSSS, Killi Nihalsingh in Bathinda. He was convicted on charge of rape on January 8, 2012, and was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment. There are three employees in Fazilka District, Gurwinder Singh, Lecturer (Physical Education); Jarnail Singh, Drawing teacher; and Resham Singh, Computer Faculty, working in various schools, who had been convicted and sentenced to 2 year, 3 years, 2 years' imprisonment respectively.
They are on bail. However, they have not been removed from service so far, despite their conviction having been pronounced several months ago.
However, the information supplied by District Education Officer (SS), Fazilka, is conspicuous inasmuch as the nature of offence for which these employees have been convicted has not been disclosed. There are two employees, Kishan Dadwal, Science teacher; and Amrik Singh, PTI, who are still in service in Hoshiarpur District. Kishan Dadwal has been convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. The matter is pending with DPI (SS), Punjab.
Amrik Singh was sentenced to two years imprisonment. The recommendations has been made by the DEO to the DPI (SS), Punjab, for terminating his service. however, no action has been taken.
There is an interesting case of one Upinder Pal Singh, Library Attendant, employed in Government SSS, Sidhwan Kalan in Ludhiana. He was convicted and under Section 323 and 324 of the IPC, and was sentenced to imprisonment for two years on March 14, 2012.
He has not been removed from service, despite the fact that he is on bail. Surprisingly enough, the District Education Officer (SS), Ludhiana, has recommended to the Director General, School Education, Punjab that "as per School records, the employee is performing his duties with discipline and honesty/dedication".
There are three convicted employees in Mansa District who are still in service, despite having been convicted for offences of fraud and forgery under Section 465 and 467 of the IPC. They are Jagdev Singh, SS master, GSSS Khara; Gurwinder Singh, Clerk, GSSS Sardulgarh (boys) and Kapoor Singh, Punjabi teacher, Government High School, Bujar Hari.
There is another convicted employee Ramesh Dahiya, Lecturer (History), working in Government Senior Secondary School, Sardulgarh (boys), now under transfer to Government Senior Secondary School, Alhupur. He was sentenced for one year imprisonment under Section 465 IPC (forgery).
However, despite conviction, he has been allowed to attend his duties vide order issued by Principal Secretary, Education, Department, Punjab on January 24, 2011. There is one Tejinder Pal Singh, Senior Labortory Attendant (SLA), who employed in Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Bassi Pathana (Distt. Fatehgarh Sahib). He was convicted for fraud and forgery in official records pertaining to GP Fund and sentenced to two years imprisonment on April, 12 2012. He is on bail. His services have still not been dispensed with.