Cuttack, Jan 06 (Agencies): The Orissa High Court refused to accept the show-cause reply of State School and Mass Education Secretary filed in response to a contempt of court case.

Instead, the Secretary Aparajita Sarangi, who was present in the court, was asked to file another reply to show cause as to why contempt proceedings would not be drawn against her for not honouring the court order.

A Division Bench of Justice BP Das and Justice Kumari Sanju Panda, on Wednesday, viewed the show-cause reply of the secretary as ‘unacceptable’ and adjourned the matter to be heard again on January 11, 2011 after asking the IAS officer to file another reply before next date of hearing.

The case inter alia pertains to promotion of some school teachers in the state that had been pending ever since the Elementary Cadre Rules were introduced for teachers in 1997. While primary school teachers were declared government servants in 1989 and minor school teachers got that status in 1991, a gradation list of all teachers was prepared in 1997.

Accordingly, the government in 2009 came out with a notification to promote around 18,000 teachers from Grade 4 to Grade 3 for filling up the vacant post of headmasters in several schools.

This notification was challenged by minor school teachers in the State Administrative tribunal which in turn directed the Government not to consider promotional avenues of those teachers who were declared Government servants in 1989.Challenging the Tribunal order, the primary school teachers approached the High Court which in turn quashed the tribunal order and asked the Government not to take any step on the promotion of teachers without the leave of the court.