JBT-TGT scam: HC comes to rescue of untainted teachers

Published on Nov 28, 2019 01:33 AM IST
Upholds Central Administrative Tribunal order quashing UT’s decision to dismiss them in May 2018
Gavel and law books(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Gavel and law books(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | BySrishti Jaswal, Chandigarh

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has upheld a Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order that had quashed a UT education department directive, terminating the services of 1,073 teachers in May 2018.

After the Junior Basic Teacher (JBT) recruitment scam was unearthed in 2016, services of these teachers, recruited under TGT (trained graduate teachers) and JBT cadres in 2015, were terminated without any prior notice, following which they had moved CAT.

A year later, the tribunal, in its judgment on May 6, 2019, had set aside the education department’s order, terming them “violative of Articles 14, 16, 21 and 311 of the Constitution, besides the principles of natural justice”.

Following the CAT order, the UT administration had approached the high court on July 31, 2019.

However, the court dismissed the administration’s appeal on Wednesday.

Investigating the recruitment scam, Chandigarh police have so far named 49 candidates, claiming they had access to the JBT exam’s leaked question paper.

However, following a police inquiry, the education department had decided to hold a fresh test and therefore, terminated services of all teachers recruited earlier.

Quashing this order, CAT in May had held, “The authorities have not cared to sort out tainted persons from untainted ones and for the sins of a few persons, who could have been pin pointed, the entire lot has been castigated.”


“The writ against candidates whose name does not figure in the FIR has been dismissed by the HC. Even those named in the FIR need to be served show-cause notice before being terminated,” said UT counsel Madhu Dayal .

She said it was almost impossible to ascertain, who had access to the question paper, as both prime accused died during the course of the investigation.

Sarabjit Singh, one of the petitioning teachers, said, “We were immensely stressed since UT’s order. Many of us also acquired ailments because of the constant stress.”

Another teacher, refusing to be named, said the education department had projected every teacher as a criminal. “We have gained our self-respect today,” she said.

2015 SCAM

UT had advertised the posts in 2014, following which a written test was conducted in February 2015. The appointment letters to selected candidates were issued in August 2015, a year before the scam came to the fore in 2016.

The recruitment test came under scanner after it was found that the question papers were leaked from a Delhi-based printing press at the behest of the prime accused, Mithilesh Pandey, and his associates Shailesh and JB Singh. This cast a shadow on the recruitment of all 1,073 teachers — 489 JBT and 584 TGT.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Around 24,000 hectares of farmland has been marooned. (ANI)

    Odisha floods: Over 250000 people across 10 districts affected

    Floods have affected over 250,000 people in at least 1,400 villages across Odisha's 10 districts as heavy rainfall in the upper and lower catchment areas of the Mahanadi swelled the river and led to breaches in embankments, a top official said. Special relief commissioner P K Jena said around 24,000 hectares of farmland has been marooned. Over 700 boarders were rescued after their school in the Cuttack district was marooned.

  • The NCRTC has set the target of 2023 to start operation on the 17-km stretch between Sahibabad and Duhai on the primary section of the corridor.

    Rapid rail to deliver vegetables, milk in Delhi-NCR | What we know

    The NCRTC established Regional Rapid Transit System - a rail-based, high-speed regional commuter transit system for Delhi-NCR, will also facilitate transportation of goods, Livehindustan reported. The first RRTS train set arrived at Duhai depot in June from its manufacturing unit in Savli in Gujarat. Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Line successfully conducted its first trial on August 7. Here's what we know about the transportation of goods via rapid rail in Delhi-NCR 1.

  • The minimum temperature on Tuesday was 24.6°C. (File image)

    Cloudy sky, light rain expected in Delhi today: IMD

    The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday said Delhi is “likely to witness generally cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain or drizzle” on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the average maximum temperature was recorded at 33.1C, which was one degree below the normal temperature around this time of the year. The minimum temperature on Tuesday was 24.6C, which was two degrees below the normal temperature at this time of the year.

  • Bengaluru could see power cuts in many areas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)

    Scheduled power cuts in Bengaluru from August 17 - 19: Report

    Bengaluru's electricity board, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited, has planned scheduled power outages in the city on August 17 and 18 to undertake maintenance and repair works. Multiple projects were delayed in the city in the midst of relentless rain, such as the shifting of overhead cables underground. Many similar works are underway, which are usually carried out between 10 am to 6 pm.

  • Bengaluru will see the Emirates Airbus A380 land in its Kempegowda International Airport for the first time on October 30. (Image credit: Emirates)

    Largest plane Airbus A380 to land in Bengaluru for the first time

    Aviation enthusiasts are in for a treat as the world's largest plane, the Airbus A380, will be touching down in Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport for the first time on October 30, thanks to Emirates. Bengaluru will be the second Indian city to enjoy the luxury flying experience with the signature double-decker aircraft after Mumbai. The Airbus A380 is known for its extra legroom and large screens across all cabins for in-flight entertainment.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now