The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Uttar Pradesh State Government to reply over 69K Teachers bharti. Top Court sought reply on a batch of pleas challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict which upheld the state’s decision to change 69,000 Teachers bharti Cut off marks. For the appointment of 69,000 Assistant Teachers the matter has moved to Supreme Court over altering cut off marks. Hon’ble Supreme Court asked the U.P government to explain through a chart detailing the vacancies and the chronology of events in the process which was undertaken for the appointments. Supreme Court of India on Thursday heard the appeal filed of Shiksha Mitras against the decision of Allahabad High Court in 69,000 Uttar Pradesh Primary Teacher Recruitment 2019. After hearing the arguments the Solicitor General and other lawyers, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the state government over change in Cut off Marks.
A bench of Justices U U Lalit, MM Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran which initially declined to interfere with the Allahabad High Court verdict later modified its order and issued notice to the state government and posted the matter for further hearing on July 6. The Bench asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain as to why it changed the earlier criteria of 45 per cent cut-off marks for the general category and 40 per cent for the reserved category. The bench sought a detailed reply before July 6.
Last week Allahabad High Court gave its verdict in favor of Govt to let Cut off marks 60-65%. After the decision aspirants including Siksha Mitras approached Supreme Court. The top court said the matter required detailed hearing as there were many parties to the litigation and it would be better if the pleas are adjourned till open court hearings resume. Several petitions, including those by individuals and Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shiksha Mitra Association, have been filed challenging the May 6 decision of the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court. At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one Ram Sharan Mauraya, said that single bench order of the high court was in their favour but the division bench order went against them. He said cut-off marks cannot be fixed after the exam is over as they have to be decided before the examinations are conducted and therefore the process was wrong. Rohatgi said the issue also deals with nature of contract and changes made regularly in the appointment process. The Supreme Court SG said that in UP 69,000 Teachers bharti after conducting exam on January 6, 2019 U.P Govt altered the cut-off to 65 per cent for the general category and 60 per cent for the reserved category, from the earlier 45 per cent and 40 per cent respectively.
To this, the bench told Rohatgi that due to cut-off some of Shiksha Mitra’s examinees were not able to qualify but the point is some of them did not even have the required marks. The senior lawyer said that salary of Shiksha Mitra’s is very less and if the cut-off marks is fixed at 45 per cent for general category and 40 per cent for reserved category, then many more people will get the chance.
The Supreme Court bench would hear the matter at length as there are too many counsels appearing in the matter and it would not be possible through video conferencing. It then adjourned the matter for further hearing after the open court hearing resumes and refused to pass any interim order or status quo. Senior advocates Rajeev Dhavan, Dushyant Dave, CA Sundaram and other lawyers, appearing for another set of Shikhsa Mitras’, objected to the adjournment and said that court should hear it now as it is an important issue impacting lakhs of people. Dhavan said the exam results should be recalculated and re-computed on the basis of the earlier cut-offs.
The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the state, as to why were the rules and criteria changed after the examination was held. SG Mehta said that he needs to take instruction on the issue but these people (Shikhsa Mitras’) want to ride on the back of meritorious candidates. The bench said that Mehta should file the reply before July 6. Earlier Allahabad High Court’s last verdict in UP 69000 Teachers Bharti was on May 6 and paved the way for completing the process for appointment of 69,000 assistant basic teachers in Uttar Pradesh.
Next hearing in the same matter will be on July 6, 2020. However no clarification has laid down on Stay on 69,000 Teachers bharti.
Source- Hindustan Times