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L-G Anil Baijal cancels exam to recruit teachers over paper leak issue

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Tuesday cancelled a Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) examination for recruiting primary teachers in MCD-run schools, after a Delhi Police report alleged cheating during the test on October 29.The move comes days after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia demanded the cancellation of the examination, stating that the question papers were leaked. “The L-G has cancelled the DSSSB examination held on October 29. The move follows a report by the Delhi Police on the issue of alleged cheating in the examination,” his office said in a statement. Baijal directed the education secretary to take strict disciplinary action against all staff identified in the case and submit an action taken report within 10 days.Following the allegations of cheating, an FIR was registered on October 29 and the matter was handed over to the Crime Branch for a swift investigation.According to the L-G’s office, Baijal had directed Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to investigate the matter in a time-bound manner.Baijal then issued directions to the DSSSB chairman to reconduct the examination expeditiously, so that vacancies could be filled as soon as possible.”The DSSSB may review their systems and methods of conducting the examination thoroughly and also look into the modus-operandi employed by the accused, so that in the future, all such loopholes can be plugged,” the statement read.Earlier this month, Kejriwal had sought Baijal’s nod on the Delhi government’s decision to cancel the DSSSB examination.In November, Sisodia had written to the L-G, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged DSSSB examination paper leak case and had demanded strict action against the officials involved.

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HC pulls up govt, DSSSB over hiring of school teachers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking a reply from them on a plea which sought a stay on the order of the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) withdrawing a notice on the appointment of 8,914 school teachers.Justice A K Chawla also sought a reply from DSSSB and directed both the respondents to file their replies within a week, and listing the matter for September 21.The court’s direction came after a plea, filed by Advocate Ashok Agarwal, stated that the notice of the DSSSB given out on August 24 was ‘illegal and contemptuous in nature’.The recruitment board was set up by the Delhi government with the aim to recruit capable, competent and highly-skilled individuals by conducting written tests, professional tests and personal interviews.According to the petition, the court had directed the DSSSB to ensure that there are zero vacancies of teachers in the schools run by the government at the beginning of each academic year.”Unfortunately, the directions have never been complied with, resulting in an accumulation of vacancies of teaching posts since 2011,” an NGO Social Jurist said in its petition. The NGO added, “No attempt has been made by the DSSSB for the last several years to fill up the posts and provide regular teachers.”

Removal of Dorphang from assembly committees demanded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women activists in Meghalaya today submitted a memorandum to Speaker A T Mondal demanding immediate removal of rape accused MLA Julius Dorphang from the Privilege Committee. They also demanded Dorphamg’s removal from the Subordinate Legislation Committee of the Assembly. “We demand the immediate removal of Julius from the house committees and urge you to stand with the citizens seeking justice in order to set the right precedence for the assembly,” the activists, who include members of prominent women NGOs, said in thir memorandum submitted to Mondal. They activists said the appointment of Julius in the assembly committees indicated “an arrogance of power” and amounted to “intimidation” of the victim, the witnesses and even the investigating officials. “It could lead to a loss of faith in the system,” they said adding such an appointment sent out the message that offenders and perpetrators will be accommodated and promote a “climate of impunity”. Dorphang was arrested from Guwahati in January this year and was booked under the IPC, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA). On Friday last the Speaker had extended the term of the two assembly committees. He later told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Central selection in lower judiciary won’t affect state rules:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today sought to dispel the apprehension that a proposal for a centralised selection mechanism for appointment of judicial officers in subordinate judiciary would affect the rules and regulations formulated by the states. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the proposal has come forward so that vacancies could be filled up at regular intervals in the subordinate judiciary across the country. “One thing we want to make very clear is that this suggestion does not touch and tinker with any state rules, terms and conditions, eligibility and all kinds of reservations given by the states,” the bench, also comprising Justices A K Goel and A M Khanwilkar, said. “Nothing is touched so far as the eligibility, terms and conditions of the respective states are concerned. It is only for centralising the selection process so that at regular interval, selection is conducted,” the bench said. It said that at present, ordinarily a candidate has to apply separately for examination conducted by respective states but with a centralised mechanism, they can apply for multiple states which have same terms and conditions. “One advantage, I do not think whether the government had understood it or not, is that there could be 2-3 states with exactly the same terms and conditions. Ordinarily, a candidate applies for one state as per the advertisement given by it, but here, one can apply for more than one state having the same terms and conditions,” Justice Khehar said. The top court noted that 15 different high courts have submitted their comments on the proposal and three high courts of Gauhati, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab and Haryana, have sought more time to submit their comments. It noted that the high courts of Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kerala and Gujarat have expressed some reservations on the proposal. “So to effectively conclude the matter one way or the other, the registrars general of the high courts which have expressed reservations may submit details thereof. Such high courts which have sought further time will also finalise their views and place their suggestions before this court,” it said while posting the matter for hearing on July 27. “Before parting with this order, we consider it necessary to record that the instant exercise being carried out by this court would not affect the rules and regulations presently in operation in different states in respect to appointments,” it said while observing that even the reservation policy of the states shall be maintained. “The instant exercise is only for centralising the selection process so as to make the recruitment a regular feature which would result in filling up of vacancies at the earliest through a time bound mechanism,” it said. During the hearing, the bench also observed that it would make changes only if “everybody will be on board”. In May, the apex court had sought the views of state governments on a central selection mechanism for judicial officers as it decided to examine the proposals of its committee on judicial reforms. It had said that the Centre had suggested various options to fill up the vacancies, including one for a central selection mechanism. It had also observed that the selection process will remain the same and where state public service commissions or concerned high courts were holding tests for filling up the posts, they will continue to do so. The apex court was hearing a case taken up on its own after a letter was written to the secretary general of the apex court by Secretary (Justice) Snehlata Shrivastava. Referring to a meeting held by a government representative and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, who is also Chairman of Arrears Committee of Supreme Court on April 8, the letter of Secretary (Justice) had said timely filling up of vacancies in the subordinate judiciary was highlighted as an area of concern. According to a report earlier issued by Supreme Court –‘Indian Judiciary Annual Report 2015-2016’– a whopping 2.8 crore cases are pending in district courts across the country which are short of nearly 5,000 judicial officers. The report had suggested increasing the judicial manpower “manifold” — at least seven times — to overcome the crisis by appointing about 15,000 more judges in the coming years. Another apex court report — ‘Subordinate Courts of India: A Report on Access to Justice 2016’– has also highlighted that nearly 15,000 more judges would be required in the next three years to overcome this critical situation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman asked to remove toe ring at exam hall, writes to Maneka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Maneka Gandhi has asked the HRD ministry to look into a complaint by a woman who was asked to remove all her jewellery — including a toe ring that symbolised her marital status — before she was allowed to sit for an examination for government jobs. In a letter to Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, Delhi resident Rita Verma said she was made to remove her toe ring, worn by married women, bangles and even her ‘bindi’ before she could appear for the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board examination here on June 25. “Officers there asked me to break my bangles if required if I wanted to enter the school premises,” she wrote. She was forced to keep all her ‘suhaag’ (marital) items outside the school where the examination was being held, she wrote in her June 27 letter, a copy of which is with(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Allahabad HC orders transfer of 368 judicial officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Allahabad High Court on Saturday has ordered the transfer of 368 judicial officers of subordinate courts in Uttar Pradesh. The order said that, these transfer should be done at intervals of three years on notification. A notification was issued by DGMD Dinesh Kumar Singh. The order to take charge of judicial officers who have been transferred has been issued till May 8. In the transferred order, there has been a change in almost every district of the state. The transferred list can be seen on the high court’s website.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yogi Adityanath bans suspension of cops without probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Good news and a big relief for men in khaki in Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi government has passed an order banning suspension and reduction in rank of police officers and policemen without holding a preliminary inquiry on charges and seeking their explanation.The state government’s order came after a Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had sought explanation from it in the case of suspension of police constable Ritesh Kumar Srivastava.Justice Rajan Rai had summoned the Home Secretary, Debashish Panda, to explain why provisions of UP Police Officers of the Subordinate Ranks (Punishment and Appeal) Act, 1991 were not followed before placing constable Srivastava under suspension.In UP, police officers and other ranks are suspended on the whims and fancies of their seniors and political masters. A Civil Services Board (CSB) was constituted in 2001 by then Rajnath government to regulate transfer, posting and suspension of IAS and IPS officers. Also, the above Act deals with services rules of non-IPS officers.”But in majority of cases of suspension, rules are flagrantly violated. No explanation is sought and the officer or lower rank policemen are placed under suspension, sometimes, for months without any valid reason or ground,” said BK Pandey, a retired deputy superintendent of police.Pandey explains that it’s a chain reaction. “Officers and politicians deal with policemen inhumanly even after they do their duties for more than 18 hours. No one talks about their worsening service conditions but they are suspended on frivolous charges and grounds,” he said.In the case of constable Srivastava, the high court ordered the state government to put an end to such a practice of suspending them in gross violation of Rule 8 (2) (b) of the 1991 Act.In his writ petition, the constable had pleaded before the high court that he was suspended without following Rule 8 (2) (b) of the 1991 Act and thus his suspension is null and void on legal grounds.Rule 8 of the 1991 Act deals with the dismissal and removal. Rule 8 (2) of the Act categorically says that “No police officer shall be dismissed, removed or reduced in rank except after proper inquiry and disciplinary proceedings as contemplated by these rules. Rule (b) of 8 (2) clearly says if it is imperative then before doing so the authority empowered shall record in writing reasons for such an action.UP Police is the largest force in Asia. Its officers and personnel are placed under suspension on slightest provocation. Even IPS officers are not spared. Ask Amitabh Thakur, a IG Rank IPS officer, how was he placed under suspension by the Akhilesh government for fighting a legal battle against Mulayam Singh Yadav.Even after winning from the court, he was not given the posting forcing him to stage a dharna outside chief minister’s residence. The ordeal which he had gone through for almost two years under Akhilesh regime is still fresh in memories of many an officers.”It is a wonderful order by Yogi Adityanathji. I personally feel that on the one hand this order will put an effective check on whimsical suspensions of officers of all ranks and on the other hand, it will boost the morale of officers and policemen who will now do their duties honestly without fearing any victmisation,” Thakur told the DNA.The BJP state general secretary Vijay Pathak too hailed the order saying, “it will allow police to function without fearing any action for doing good work.”

HC anguished over teachers’ vacancy in Delhi govt, MCD schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anguished by the teachers’ vacancy of around 33,000 in MCD and government schools in the city, the Delhi High Court today directed the authorities to take “immediate remedial measures”. “In a country with such a high rate of unemployment how can 33,000 vacancies be not filled up,” Justice Manmohan asked the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB), the Directorate of Education (DoE) and the municipal corporations. “Keeping in view the excess vacancies, this court is of the view that the DoE, the three MCDs and the DSSSB need to take immediate remedial measures,” the court said. It asked the Director of DSSSB to convene a meeting on April 27 which would be attended by the Commissioners of the three municipal corporations, the Director of Education of Delhi government and the Controller of Exams from DSSSB. The court said a plan of action should be formulated in the meeting on how to fill up the vacancies and directed that the minutes of the meeting be filed before on the next date of hearing i.e. May 16. It asked the authorities to first focus on filling up the vacancies of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) and Assistant grade primary school teachers which, according to the Delhi government, which account for 50 per cent of the total vacancies. It directed the three corporations and the DoE to send requisition for all vacant teaching posts to DSSSB within three weeks. The court also asked the DoE to explain on the next date why teaching staff have been deputed for court work and the reason for the over 400 vacant posts of Principals in Delhi government schools. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), meanwhile told the court it has not received any requisition with regard to the vacant Principal posts. The directions came on the contempt plea of an NGO, Social Jurist, which has alleged “deliberate and intentional disobedience” by the Delhi government of the high court’s orders to ensure zero vacancy at the commencement of each academic year in schools here. During the hearing, the court also questioned the manner in which guest teachers were being recruited and whether they fulfilled the eligibility criteria. The DoE said all guest teachers who are recruited meet the minimum qualifications required for the post.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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