A Calcutta High Court division bench, comprising Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, on Friday admitted the appeal of the state and two police stations–Sarenga and Baruipur–challenging the order of Justice Sanjib Banerjee setting aside the civic police recruitment process of 2013. The next hearing is on 28 September.

Justice Mhatre observed on Friday, “What was the harm in keeping the persons selected? Previously the challenge was regrding the selection process of 2013.How can the persons appointed be penalised even though we accept that the state has acted badly. How many were employed? How many petitioners (unsuccessful candidates) had previously moved the court?”

Advocate general Jayanto Mitra submitted, “I request the court to hear this matter before the vacation as these people are mainly appointed during the pujas. Also such a petition as had been filed in Justice Banerjee&’s court, should not have been entertained three years after appointment.”

Senior counsel Kalyan Banerjee, representing the two police stations, submitted, “Engagement of the civic police volunteers at Sarenga and Baruipur police stations had been cancelled immediately after the passing of the order of Justice Banerjee on 20 May. The rest would be cancelled by the end of this calendar year. Those who had been employed, have a right to be heard otherwise it would be a violation of the natural justice.