Teacher can be transferred for excessive leave: HC

School teachers, who take excessive leave can be transfered, the Delhi High Court on Friday held saying such an action is justified in the interest of students.

Updated: Jul 16, 2010, 18:43 PM IST

New Delhi: School teachers, who take
excessive leave can be transfered, the Delhi High Court
on Friday held saying such an action is justified in the
interest of students.

The Court set aside the order of Central Administrative
Tribunal (CAT) which had held that a teacher cannot be
transferred just for taking excessive leave if it was duly
sanctioned by the school authorities.
"Interest of students would be better served in having
one teacher teaching the course in one academic year and not a
regular teacher who reduces herself to the one whose status
becomes that of a substitute," Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw
said.

The Court passed the order on a petition filed by
Kendriya Vidyala (KV) challenging the decision of CAT which
has set aside the transfer of a teacher to another branch
after she had taken leave for 107 days in 2006.

Neelu Bhatia, a teacher at KV school, was transfered to
another branch by the school authorities for taking
excessive leave.
She approached the Tribunal against her transfer order
alleging such a decision by the school authorities was illegal
and it was done to favour another teacher.

The school authorities opposed the plea of Bhatia on
the ground that her long absence from duty was affecting the
interest of the students.

PTI