A single judge of the Madras High Court bench here on Tuesday disposed of a batch of contempt petitions filed against the principal secretary of the school education department.

Justice S. Nagamuthu disposed of petitions filed by around 10 headmasters of middle schools, contending that the official had failed to comply with the orders of the High Court, following principal secretary D. Sabitha’s appearance in court submitting that the orders were complied with.

The headmasters claimed in their petitions that they had moved the court in 2011 and 2012 seeking the inclusion of their names as beneficiaries of the government’s special grade pay scale. The school education department had sanctioned 65 headmasters for the benefits, excluding them, the petitioners had alleged.

A single judge had directed the principal secretary to consider the representations submitted by the headmasters seeking entitlement to the special grade pay scale. In their contempt petitions, the headmasters alleged that the official has failed to consider their representations to date.

On Tuesday, Ms. Sabitha appeared in the court and submitted through the government advocate that 10 representations were considered (after the contempt petitions were filed).

The school education department had filed appeals in the cases of two headmasters and the cases were pending before a division bench, she added.

The judge disposed of 10 contempt petitions on the grounds that the representations of the petitioners were already considered.

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