With the Supreme Court dismissing Punjab School Education Board joint secretary Pavitar Pal Kaur’s appeal, she will now be demoted to the post of deputy director for the third time in seven years.
On November 4, 2011, Kaur, the wife of former Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Daljit Singh Verka, was promoted from deputy director to the joint secretary of the board. Sources at PSEB claimed that the board had amended the rules of promotion two days before the promotion.
In November 2011, the promotion was challenged on the grounds of a criminal charge pending against Kaur in the 2001 PSEB recruitment scam, in which former Punjab education minister Tota Singh has also been accused.
In October 2012, a division bench of Punjab and Haryana high court cancelled the board notification, after which Kaur filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) to Supreme Court against the decision.
On April 7 this year, the apex court dismissed the petition.
Kaur’s promotions had been challenged on two other instances in the past. In 2006, the board had appointed her as the PSEB secretary through a selection process.
The decision was then challenged in the high court in 2007, after which a single bench cancelled her promotion. She had later filed Letters Patent Appeals (LPA) before a division bench against the decision, which was dismissed on October 7, 2009.
Nine days after the dismissal of the petition, the board appointed her as the director of academics, which was again challenged in the high court. The court once again cancelled her appointment, after which she reverted to being a deputy director.“I cannot comment as we have not yet received the court’s orders,” said PSEB chairman Tajinder Kaur Dhaliwal when contacted.