A single-judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday ordered the termination of service of 140 primary teachers in different staterun schools on charges of procuring jobs illegally adopting unfair means or against some consideration.
This, after the court had struck down appointments of 53 alleged undeserving aspirants out of 268 at the primary level, who had moved the Supreme Court earlier seeking stay on the single Bench order of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay.
Not only that, Justice Gangopadhyay also ordered the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) to stop disbursing salaries to them. Justice Gangopadhyay’s today’s ruling came on the heels of his earlier order, last year, which terminated services of 53 alleged undeserving aspirants out of 54, of which one was penalized Rs 10,000.
These 53 alleged aspirants were part of the 268 candidates, who had earlier moved the Supreme court seeking stay on the Justice Gangopadhyay’s order but the top court had returned the case to the Calcutta High Court asking it to make the 268 aspirants a party to the case and conduct a hearing. Interestingly, the same aspirants had earlier moved the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court also, which too had upheld the single Bench order before moving the top court.
Following which today, the single Bench of Justice Gangopadhyay the Calcutta High Court in a hearing today stuck to his decision to strike down appointments of 140 alleged undeserving aspirants and also stood firm on stalling disbursal of salaries to them.