HC says no to day-to-day hearing in JBT teachers’ case
A bunch of petitions seeking, among other things, day-to-day hearing in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers case failed to find favour with the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.The High Court made it clear that the matter stood admitted and would come up for hearing on the fixed date. The applications came soon after the JBT teachers, selected by different 18 district-level selection committees against 3,206 posts in the State of Haryana, were put on notice by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Taking up a petition filed by Bashir Ahmed and other petitioners, the High Court has already issued notice to the State of Haryana and other respondents, including the JBT teachers, for May 2. They have been asked to appear personally or through someone authorised by law. The High Court has made it clear that in case they do not appear, the cases will be heard and decided in their absence. The development is significant as the notices come soon after a Delhi Court pronounced a 10-year sentence to Haryana’s former Chief Minister and the leader of the National Lok Dal (INLD) Om Prakash Chautala and his Son Ajay Singh Chautala. The two, along with 53 others, were sentenced for their alleged involvement in the JBT teachers’ recruitment scam in which 3,206 JBT teachers were recruited illegally in the state in the year 2000.