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HC: Keep college principals’ promotion list in sealed cover

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2

Directing the state of Punjab to finalise the tentative seniority list of government college teachers, Justice Deepak Sibal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that promotion to the posts of principals, if any, would not be declared.

The direction by Justice Sibal came on a petition filed against the state of Punjab and another respondent by Manju Middha through counsel Harpal Singh Sirohi and Abhiraj Singh Baweja.

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Issuing a notice of motion for July 22, Justice Sibal asserted: "In the meanwhile, final decision taken in pursuance of the departmental promotion committee, if any, for promotion to the posts of principals shall be kept in a sealed cover. The respondent-state shall also finalise the tentative seniority list of the government college teachers circulated on May 15."

The direction by Justice Sibal came after the petitioner sought directions for restraining the respondents from holding a departmental promotion committee meeting for promotions of professors and associate professors as principals based on the tentative seniority list issued on May 15 without finalising it.

Sirohi had also prayed for the issuance of directions to the respondent authorities to count the petitioner's ad hoc service towards seniority and to grant her all the consequential benefits. "The petitioner should also be considered by the DPC for promotion as principal since the petitioner is of 1986 batch, while people who are actually way junior to her are being considered for promotions," Sirohi had added.

Justice Sibal's Bench was told that the action of the respondents of making promotions on the basis of tentative seniority list without finalising or amending it was illegal. The petitioner submitted her objections to seniority list within stipulated time. As per law, a decision regarding this was required to be taken before holding the DPC meeting. "In fact, the government is just buying time to delay the decision and waiting for the petitioner to retire. The petitioner in her 35-year-long career is entitled to only one promotion that as a principal... The government, through its inaction, is doing its best to deny that opportunity to the petitioner," he added.



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