SIET closure: HC issues contempt notices to director, S & ME secy


Cuttack, Sep 5:

Odisha High Court has issued notices to two government officials asking them to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for violating an earlier court order.

A division bench of Justices MM Das and AK Rath yesterday issued notices to State Institute of Educational Technology and Elementary Education (SIETEE) Director Sukadev Das and State School and Mass Education Secretary Usha Pahee calling upon them to show cause within four weeks.

This followed the admission of a contempt petition filed by eleven employees of SIETEE in connection with its closure.

In May this year, the High Court, in an interim order, had restrained the state government from closing the Institute, which was set up under the School and Mass Education Department to prepare technology based educational programmes.

In the same order, the HC had also restrained the government from taking any step in disengaging the present employees from service without the leave of the court and had ordered that their salary should be paid regularly during the pendency of the case.

The petitioners alleged that the interim order of the court had not been adhered to.




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