The 778 junior basic training (JBT) teachers of Haryana, indicted in the 2011 recruitment scam, have got a breather from the Punjab and Haryana high court. A single-judge bench of the HC on Wednesday ruled that these teachers could not be removed merely on the basis of forensic reports and the process of natural justice should be followed.
Though the detailed order is awaited, the single-judge bench of justice Daya Chaudhary ruled that due process of departmental proceedings, initiated in the case of a government employee for removal, should be followed in these cases as well.
The state government had in March issued showcause notices for removal from service to these 778 employees following their indictment in the JBT recruitment scam. Earlier, the report of the forensic science laboratory (FSL), Madhuban (Karnal), had held that the thumb impressions of these employees of the total of 8,341 JBT teachers who were appointed were found to be different from those taken during the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) examination conducted in 2009.
These teachers were issued showcause notices by the government after an action-taken report was sought by the high court in the ongoing hearing of a petition challenging the 8,341 appointments of JBT teachers in 2011 by then Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government. The investigations by the FSL were initiated after the HC-ordered preliminary probe found that candidates indulged in impersonation, forgery and cheating during the examinations.