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.
7 soldiers killed, 19 injured in Ladakh road accident
Seven soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a road accident in Ladakh on Friday, defence sources said.
According to the sources, 26 soldiers were injured in the road accident in Turtuk area of Ladakh.
“Seven soldiers died on the spot while 19 others were injured. The injured soldiers have been airlifted to military hospital in Chandigarh,” a defence source said.
Human-animal conflict, elephant shot dead in Karnataka
The conflict between man and wildlife has come to the fore in Karnataka once again. On Friday, an elephant was shot dead in an agricultural field near Alur taluk in Hassan district.
Forest officials said that the elephant was a 20-year-old male. They are gathering information to trace the culprits.
Sources said that about 5 elephants have died unnatural deaths in the region in the past 1 year.
The villagers maintain that their repeated appeals to address the elephant menace is falling on deaf ears. “The government has closed their eyes on us. We are struggling and fighting to protect the crop that we grow for food,” they said.
There are more than 20 wild elephants in the region and they destroy crops and attack villagers. However, though protests are staged, the authorities do not bother about the problem, the villagers stated.
Forest officials maintain that the killing was the result of human-animal conflict. An investigation will be conducted and the killers would be nabbed, they said.
Hybrid terrorist arrested in Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir police and security forces have arrested one hybrid terrorist belonging to the LeT along with arms and ammunition from Bemina area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district, officials said on Friday.
Police said acting on a specific tip-off about the movement of terrorists Bemina area, a joint checkpoint was set-up by Srinagar Police, Army’s 2nd RR and valley QAT CRPF at Bemina crossing.
“An individual suspiciously approaching towards the checkpoint was challenged who tried to flee from spot but was apprehended tactfully by the alert party,” police said.
He has been identified himself as Nasir Ahmad Dar, resident of Gund Brath Sopore. On his personal search, one pistol, one magazine and five live rounds were recovered from his possession.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the arrested accused was working as a hybrid terrorist of proscribed terror outfit LeT outfit and was involved in delivering pistols in Srinagar city to carry out targeted killings,” a police officer said.
A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress.
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