The Madras High Court bench here has directed the director of the department of Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities and the joint director of Kallar Reclamation department to file their replies to a petition filed by the headmistress of a middle school challenging a promotion order issued by Kallar Reclamation department.

The petitioner, P. Eswari, the headmistress of the Government Kallar Middle School at Keelakuyilkudi, claimed in her petition that she had a postgraduate degree in Tamil along with a B.Ed from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). She has been working as a headmistress from 2009, she added.

According to her, on February 14, 2013 the director of the department of Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities published the seniority list of Government Kallar Middle School headmasters who are eligible for promotion as High School headmasters.

Ms. Eswari alleged in her petition that her name was excluded from the list even though she had the necessary qualifications.

The names of headmasters junior to her in service appeared on the list, she claimed.

The petitioner claimed further that the joint director of Kallar Reclamation did not consider her name for promotion on the grounds that her B.Ed. degree was invalid. Ms. Eswari claimed she had moved the court in July this year and the case was disposed of after the joint director gave an undertaking to the court that a revised seniority list would be issued which would include the petitioner.

However, the petitioner claimed that her name did not figure in the revised seniority list issued on September 4, 2013.

Justice S. Nagamuthu adjourned the case to October 9, with a direction to the officials to submit their counter affidavits.

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