Cuttack: In a significant development, the Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) has issued non-bailable warrants (NBW) s against School & Mass Education (S&ME) Department Secretary Ranjana Chopra and Director of Elementary Education Chudamani Seth.
Both have been charged with negligence in observing orders of the OAT. Further, both have been charged for not appearing in person during the hearings despite summons being served on them for personal appearance.
OAT’s judicial member Gyana Ranjan Purohit issued NBWs against Chopra and Seth on Wednesday while conducting a hearing on a contempt of court petition against them.
According to case records, there were allegations that jobs of 26 Sikshya Karmis were not regularized as per the rules laid down by the S&ME Department.
Two Sikshya Karmis of Atto Primary School in Bhadrak district Sridhar Das and Basant Mahalik had moved the OAT in this connection.
In their petition, they had cited to OAT that S&ME Department had not provided them with salary since 1998.
Despite OAT’s order to regularize their jobs and pay them their arrear salaries, the S&ME Department had not complied.
Following the non-compliance, the petitioners had filed a contempt of court case. Despite OAT’s repeated orders since 2014 to S&ME Department Secretary and Director Elementary Education to appear in person before it, they failed to do so.
The OAT on May 3, this year, had directed the Commissionerate Police to issue bailable warrants against them and produce them before it.
During the course of the hearing it was found that while the order was not executed, the Secretary and the Director had also not appeared before OAT. Further, earlier orders of OAT had also not been executed.
Taking these non-compliances into account the OAT issued NBWs against them.