HC lays down more norms for teachers’ recruitment

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday refused to put a stay on the recruitment of 55,000 assistant teachers conducted by School Service Commission. However, the bench set additional conditions for the appointment of teachers while hearing a petition filed by a group of candidates who have received teachers' training.

Justice Debasish Kargupta passed an interim order imposing conditions in addition to those mentioned in the notification of November 25, 2011 issued by the NCTE.

According to the order, appointment of teachers for teaching students up to class VIII will be made from the candidates who must be a trained BEd, a graduate and have passed Teachers Eligibility Test.

The judge also held first preference shall be given to candidates who fulfilled the three additional conditions, and the rest vacancies shall be filled from the panel of the untrained candidates on the conditions that they shall fulfill the three additional conditions by 2014. Justice Kargupta also held that for teaching students of class IX, X and XI, only those candidates who have received teachers' training can be appointed.

HC urged to direct state on JU prof relief

A plea before the High Court has sought directives for implementation of the state human rights panel's recommendations regarding JU professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, who was arrested for emailing a cartoon of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last year. The state government has neither taken action against two policemen nor paid Rs 50,000 to the professor as compensation as recommended by the panel.

CID pulled up for Gurap dead bodies probe

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday pulled up the CID over its investigation into the bodies recovered at Gurap in Hooghly district in July last year. A PIL had been filed last year seeking a CBI investigation into the recovery of a woman's body from a house in Gurap. The CID had taken up the case. Investigation revealed that two more bodies were ferried from the house and buried beside the river in Burdwan district. On Thursday, after going through the CID report, the division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi asked why the other two bodies were not mentioned. "How did they die in the house and why were the bodies buried?" asked the bench. The court also wanted to know why the viscera report was not available in the last six months. The division bench asked the state to come up with details of the investigation on Monday.

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