In an exemplary punishment for withholding a teacher’s salary for two years, the Calcutta High Court on Friday banned the principal of a public school from entering school premises until June 10.
Moreover, to ensure that the culprit headmaster cannot enter the school before the set deadline, a single judge bench of Judge Avijit Gangopadhyay even ordered the local police to post two armed persons at the door of school.
Sheikh Safi Alam, the Principal of Golapbari Pallimongal High School in Barasat Sub-division of North 24 Parganas District in West Bengal is found guilty of withholding payment from his junior colleague, Raju Jana, a teacher at the same school, without no reason.
The teacher filed a lawsuit against Alam alleging that the latter withheld his salary for two years from 2018 to 2020. The case dragged on and Friday was the date of the final hearing.
Judge Gangopadhyay ordered Alam to be personally present in court. At the final hearing, Judge Gangopadhyay asked Alam whether he had the power to withhold the salary of a teacher from the school of which he is the principal. However, Alam did not have an answer to the question.
The judge then delivered his verdict, barring the wandering principal from entering the school premises until June 10 and also instructing the local police station to ensure this by posting two armed guards at the door of the school. school until that date.
Judge Gangopadhyay recently made headlines after ordering the state’s Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, to appear before a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) within hours for an integration over irregularities recruitment at West Bengal School Service Commission.
Although this order was suspended on a divisional bench on the same day, but by then Judge Gangopadhyay had drawn the ire of Congressional-affiliated High Court lawyers in Trinamool, who boycotted his bench for 21 days .
With contributions from IANS