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Bihar fit case for President's rule: HC
January 24, 2004 04:42 IST
In a severe indictment of the Bihar government, the Patna high court on Friday termed its decision to recruit over 34,000 primary teachers as nothing but an election stunt and observed that the court could certify that Bihar is a fit case for imposition of President's Rule.
Observing that the administration was being run in an abysmal and disappointing manner, a division bench said the court had tried to take the state fast on the path of development but 'we are disappointed'.
"The court is ready to certify that the state is fit for being put under President's Rule," the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice R S Dhavan and Justice S K Singh said in their ruling while hearing a writ challenging the government's recruitment policy for primary teachers.
Nand Kishore Ojha has challenged the recent decision of the state government to recruit over 34,000 primary teachers alleging it violated the norms laid down by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE).
"You (the government) did not fill any vacancy of teachers of primary schools since 1991. Now that the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner, you have advertised for recruitment of over 34,000 trained and untrained teachers without announcing any examination schedule and reserving over 70 per cent of seats for women and minorities," the judges, who sat for over three hours beyond schedule, said.
The court posted the matter for hearing on January 27.