High Court (India)

January 17, 2017

Delhi Government: "Never Forced Teachers For Court Deployment"


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A contempt petition filed before the High Court by advocate Ashok Agarwal alleged that despite “shortage of teachers in Delhi government schools, as many as 176 teaching staff (principal, vice-principal, PGTs and TGTs) have been deployed in court work for the several years and have not attended to teaching work.”

Replying to a contempt petition, the Delhi government said it never forced any teacher or principal to assist it in cases pending in various courts.

In an affidavit, the government said that “...deployment of teachers assisting in court cases pending before various courts in Delhi is purely an administrative decision taken for the better functioning of the Education Department.”

“There was no compulsion ever on law graduates to join or assist the DEO, and that a proper advertisement was circulated in the education department to call upon such aspirants who were interested and willing to join and assist in court work, the government added.

The petition claimed that these teachers, including yoga teachers, were busy in court work but were being marked “on duty”. Mr. Agarwal submitted that 13 principals and vice-principals had been deployed in 12 districts and designated as Official on Special Duty (OSD). To assist them, 94 PGTs and TGTs had been deployed.

“Additionally, 2 vice-principals were working in 29 zones as legal assistant...29 principals who are deployed to look after the court work for the last 15-16 years have been re-designated as Deputy Education Officers though such a post does not exist,” the petition said.

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