HC bars board from declaring result
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the Haryana School Teachers Selection Board from declaring the result of selections carried out for filling posts of teacher.
The development is significant as the order is expected to bring to a halt the process of selecting around 20,000 teachers. As many as 10,000 are postgraduate teachers while the rest belong to other categories for which the selection process was on.
Issuing the orders, the Bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta referred to the state government decision to take the selection of PGTs out of the purview of the Haryana Public Service Commission.
The Bench orally observed: “Prima facie, the state has violated the constitutional provisions through which the state public service commissions were set up to make recruitment to such posts”.
The matter was brought to the court notice through a petition for directions to entrust government jobs and services in Haryana to the HPSC as per the constitutional madate so as to bring transparency and uphold the democratic rights of meritorious candidates.
The petitioner, Vijay Kumar Bansal of Pinjore, submitted that slowly and steadily the successive governments in the state have rendered the HPSC absolutely defunct; and only about 10 per cent of the total recruitments in the state were left to it.
He added the process of carrying out appointments in Haryana has reached “the lowest ebb in the state, owing to various acts of omission and commission”. It has also been alleged that multiple commissions constituted by the Hooda government have led to large-scale corruption and favoritism in the selection process for various government jobs.