HC Bench passes interim order on public interest litigation petition

The Madras High Court on Thursday said that appointment of BT Assistant Teachers and Secondary Grade Teachers subsequent to the Teachers Eligibility Test held in October this year would be subject to the result of a writ petition pending before it.

The First Bench consisting of Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam passed the interim order on a public interest litigation petition by M. Palanimuthu, an advocate, and headquarters secretary of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi. The Bench posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

Mr. Palanimuthu said a supplementary Teachers Eligibility Test was conducted in Tamil Nadu on October 14. A total of 3,73,696 candidates wrote the examination and 8,808 were successful. When releasing the results, the Teachers Recruitment Board failed to publish the community-wise and subject-wise passed candidates. This, the petitioner said, had been done with an “ulterior motive.” The board had hidden the facts to SC, ST, Backward Classes and the physically challenged.

The NCTE had issued a communication of April 1 last year for relaxing 5 per cent to SC/ST and the physically challenged candidates for qualifying eligible marks. In the notification itself, the board had not mentioned about the relaxation of the qualifying marks for eligibility as had been done by some other States.

The petitioner prayed the court to conduct the selection of BT Assistant Teachers and Secondary Grade Teachers according to the NCTE guidelines.