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Posted at: Jul 25, 2017, 12:07 AM; last updated: Jul 25, 2017, 12:07 AM (IST)APPOINTMENT OF ASSISTANT PROFS IN KALPANA CHAWLA GOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE

Govt withdraws Rs 25 lakh bond condition

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24

Just over six months after assistant professors in Karnal-based Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against a condition in their appointment letters for submitting a bond for Rs 25 lakh, the Haryana government has withdrawn the clause.

As the petition filed by Dr Archana Bharti and other assistant professors against Haryana and other respondents came up for resumed hearing before the Bench of Justice GS Sandhawalia, a short reply was filed by the state submitting that the condition, the subject matter of challenge in the appointment letters, has been withdrawn.

Justice Sandhawalia asserted a perusal of the letter addressed by the Additional Chief Secretary to the Director, Medical Education and Research Department, would go on to show the government has decided to withdraw with immediate effect the condition of serving five years or executing a bond of Rs 25 lakhs in lieu thereof in appointment letters.

Justice Sandhawalia added the court in such circumstances was of the opinion that the present writ petition had been rendered infructuous. As such, the hearing of the main case was advanced from November 8 and the petition was being disposed of as infructuous.

Counsel for the petitioners had earlier contended that the assistant professors were selected and appointed in the medical college. But they were not in a position to fulfil the condition contained in their appointment letters dated October 22, 2016, for submitting a bond for Rs 25 lakh. Counsel also referred to a similar petition in which the petitioner was allowed to join as assistant professor without insisting on a similar condition in the appointment offer.

Taking up the petition at the initial stage, the Bench of Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal had issued notice of motion to the state before directing the respondents not to insist on compliance of the condition by the petitioners.

The other case referred to by counsel for the petitioner filed by Fauzia Rehman Khan against Haryana and other respondents, too, was disposed of after the respondent concerned during the pendency of this litigation withdrew the condition in the appointment order issued to the petitioner in February.

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