Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court Monday ruled that seniority cannot be the sole criterion for granting
promotion to a government school teacher and that fulfilment
of all norms set by Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Service
Commission was essential to lay claim to career advancement.
Passing the order, a Division Bench comprising Chief
Justice F I Rebello and Justice A P Sahi, however, made it
clear that the judgement did not imply that management
committees of schools could have "a free hand in by-passing
any genuine claim of promotion".
The order was passed while dismissing the special
appeal of Deoki Verma, an assistant teacher at a secondary
school in Agra, who had challenged a single judge order
turning down her writ petition challenging the promotion given
to her junior while ignoring her own claim.
Verma had moved the court with the contention that a
post had fallen vacant at her school following the retirement
of a teacher but her claim for promotion was ignored while
another assistant teacher, who was four years her junior, was
However, the court turned down her appeal and also
upheld the single judge order passed earlier noting that the
retired teacher taught English and as such the vacancy stood
for a teacher of that subject.
The court further observed that the petitioner had not
studied English in her BA like her junior who was considered
fit for promotion.