A Punjab and Haryana high court's stay order on the declaration of teachers' recruitment results by the Haryana School Teachers' Selection Board (HSTSB) will continue till July 15 as the high court on Monday refused the Haryana government's request for vacation of stay.
The decision came from a division bench, comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih, on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Vijay Bansal, president of Panchkula-based non-government organisation (NGO) Shivalik Vikas Manch.
Appearing for the state government, advocate general Hawa Singh Hooda made a request for the vacation of stay put on April 14, stating that now the new academic session of schools had started and if teachers were not appointed in time, it would affect students' career badly. The court posted the matter for July 15 for final arguments.
The petitioner had sought quashing of the HSTSB Act, 2001, stating it to be violative of the Constitution. It was submitted that the Haryana Public Service Commission should make all recruitments, which were now being made by the HSTSB.
The petitioner had challenged the appointments of the chairperson and members of the board made by extending favouratism. The members of the board are Brig (retd) Nand Lal Poonia (chairperson), Gian Chand Sahota, Jagdish Prasad, Serena Mahajan and Tribhuwan Parkash Bose.
However, replying to the allegations that the criteria for selection of Poonia as chairperson was tailor-made, Poonia replied that such allegations were devoid of merit as the decision was taken by the legislature and not by a single individual. He said he was appointed in 2005 and, till 2010, he had been successful in making nearly 40,000 selections of group B and C posts and that was a record in Haryana.
The other four members of the board - Sahota, Prasad, Mahajan and Bose - filed their replies, denying the allegations of favouratism in their selection and stated that the petition was based on hypothetical surmise.