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Bengal headmaster barred from entering school for almost a month

IANS | May 13, 2022 04:45 PM

KOLKATA: In a rare verdict, the Calcutta High Court on Friday barred the headmaster of a state-run school from entering school premises till June 10 for holding back the salary of a teacher for two years.

That is not just enough.

A single judge bench of Justice Avijit Gangopadhyay has even directed the local police to post two armed personnel at the school gate till that date to ensure that the guilty headmaster cannot enter the school till the time mentioned.

The person in question is Sheikh Safi Alam, the headmaster of Golapbari Pallimongal High School in Barasat sub-division of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal.

Raju Jana, a teacher of the same school, filed a petition against Alam alleging that the latter had held back his salary for two years from 2018 to 2020. The case continued for a long time and Friday was the date of the final hearing.

Justice Gangopadhyay ordered Alam to be personally present at the court. During the final hearing, Justice Gangopadhyay asked Alam whether he had any authority to hold back the salary of a teacher of the school where he is the headmaster. However, Alam did not have any answer to the question.

The judge then pronounced his verdict, barring the errant headmaster from entering the school premises till June 10 and also asked the local police station to ensure that by posting two armed guards at the school gate till that time.

Justice Gangopadhyay, recently came to the headlines after he ordered state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to appear for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) within hours for integration pertaining to recruitment irregularities in West Bengal School Service Commission.

Although that order was stayed a division bench on the same day, but by that time, Justice Gangopadhyay had attracted ire of the Trinamool Congress-affiliated lawyers of the high court, who boycotted his bench for 21 days.

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