The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education promoted four teachers based on SC/ST reservation despite the high court finding the provision to be against the Constitution.
Hemant Rani Mistry, Dongar Singh Khanna, Varsha Khadgi and Seetaram Uikey, all teachers at Adarsh Vidhyalaya, Jawra, were promoted in an order released on Friday.
On April 30, the high court set aside the provision of reservations in promotion in the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Rules, 2002 while hearing a public interest litigation in this regard.
“The existing provisions relating to reservation, backlog vacancies, carry forward of backlog vacancies... contained in the rules of 2002 runs contrary to the constitutional provisions contained in clause (4A) and (4B) of Article 16 and Article 335 and law predicated in M Nagraj,” the court said.
Promotions granted as per the 2002 rules were declared invalid after this ruling.
“We will get an inspection done on this issue. If the process of promotion was started before the HC decision, then it is fine, but if the process started after the judgement, then we will suspend this order of promotion,” said state education minister Deepak Joshi.
The Anusuchit Jati Janjati Adhikari Evam Karmchari Sangh, a pro-reservation body, has decided to approach the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s judgement. “More than 50,000 officials of various ranks may have to be reverted as per the judgment, which is unfair,” it said.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too announced that the government would knock the apex court’s door against the ruling — a decision seen by many as a ploy to boost the ruling BJP’s prospects in the 2018 state elections.