PTI recruitment scam: High court summons original records

  • Surender Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2015 10:14 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned original records of as many 50 teachers appointed by the Punjab government for the posts of Physical Trained Instructors (PTIs) in 2012.

The direction came from single judge bench of justice Arun Palli after it was found that secretary education department and director public instructions (secondary) had blamed the then chairperson, departmental selection committee (teaching), Neelam Bhagat, in their responses and vice-versa.

Responding to certain allegations in the petition, the government had stated that Bhagat could have replied to the charges in a better way.
On the other hand, Bhagat told the court that she was being made “scapegoat” by the government and entire process was “mismanaged affair” on government’s part. “The only role played by the answering respondent (Bhagat) was to carry out the instructions which were given to her from time to time,” Bhagat, who has retired now, told the court.

The high court has now asked the government to submit record of respondents 20 to 71, failing which the deputy director, school administration, would have to remain present on August 31, the next date of hearing.

The petition, filed in 2013, sought quashing of appointments of 71 PTI teachers alleging that they were selected and appointed in an “illegal and arbitrary” manner. It was also alleged that many of the appointees had not even applied for these posts. These 71 were among the 849 PTIs appointed in July-August 2012 against posts advertised in 2006.

A flashback
Dec 2013: HC issues notice on the petition
July 2014: HC gives last chance to respondents to submit reply
Sept 2014: HC slaps `50,000 fine on official Bhagat for not filing reply
Dec 2014: DGP, Punjab asked to secure presence of Bhagat
Feb 2015: Bhagat submits reply
July 20: HC summons original record

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