Staff Reporter

A bunch of petitions challenge order of CAT

Respondents asked to file their replies by August 31`CAT's order violates the principle of natural justice'

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Union Government through the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) and the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) through its Secretary on a bunch of petitions challenging an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) whereby it had held that only Junior Basic Teacher (JBT) diploma holders were eligible for being appointed as primary teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas. A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Manmohan Sarin and Justice J.M. Malik directed the respondents to file their replies by August 31.

The Bench also took note of an order by another Bench of the High Court whereby it had stayed the CAT's order of February 21 this year. The Bench said that the stay order would continue.

A group of 29 JBT degree holders moved the High Court through their counsel Surat Singh challenging the CAT's order.

Dr. Singh submitted that KVS had in its advertisement in February 2005 stated that JBT diploma holders as well as B.Ed degree holders were eligible to apply for the post of 1,000 primary teachers.

However, CAT, on a bunch of petitions by JBT-trained candidates, wrongly concluded that B.Ed. degree holders were not eligible to apply for the post of primary teachers, Dr. Singh submitted.

He further submitted that the CAT's order was also in violation of the principle of natural justice because his clients (B.Ed) degree holders) were not made parties to the petitions before CAT.