New Delhi: The Bihar Government on Tuesday came under the Supreme Court scanner for an unkept promise made to provide ‘seniority-wise’ list of candidates in recruitment of trained teachers.

The SC bench comprising Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice HL Dattu came heavily on the state government for not providing it with the ‘seniority-wise list’ of candidates for the recruitment of trained teacher.

Slamming the government, the bench said, “The government has been misguiding the court. So far it hasn’t done anything.”

The case for the appointment of 34,540 trained teachers is pending in the Supreme Court since long.  During the last hearing, the Apex Court had directed the state to file “a final, seniority-wise list” of selected candidates.

It had also asked the state to finalise a list of the candidates who had got certificate from fake institutes and those candidates who had given more than one application.

The Apex Court had appointed retired Justice of Jharkhand High Court, SK Chattopadhyay, as special officer to probe into the challenges made by the petitioners and the government.
The bench has directed the government to do the needful and submit the list to the court by April 1.

A copy of the finalized list would be given to the counsel of the petitioners as well to the special officer, directed the court.

Next hearing would take place on April 3, in which Rakesh Uttamchand Upadhayay, counsel of the petitioners and counsel of state government would appear before special officer Chattopadhyay.

The Supreme Court would hear the matter again on May 3.

JPN/Bureau