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Gujarat HC issues notice seeking reply from the Government on Suspension of Teacher even after he apologized for FB comment against Education Minister [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 6 Aug 2020 10:35pm

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On Wednesday, the Gujarat High Court has issued a notice to the Government asking for a response against the suspension of the petitioner who was allegedly suspended due to a Facebook comment criticizing the Education Minister of the state vide order dated 28.07.2020.

The petitioner Jignesh kumar Gangarambhai Patel, who is a primary school teacher had admitted an apology and accepted of having undertaken an inappropriate act for a government servant after a show cause notice dated 17.07.2020 was issued against him for his comments on Facebook criticizing the statement of the Minister of Education and also criticizing the functioning of the Secretary of Education and other high rank officials in the Ministry of Education.The Court has sought a reply on the next hearing on 04.09.2020.

A Similar incident happened last month where, the office of the Morbi district primary education officer (DPEO) had issued an order suspending an assistant teacher from service and also got him transferred after he posted allegedly objectionable comments against the Prime Minister and the Central government on Facebook.

In 2019, another such incident took place in Chandigarh, Arvind Rana, a teacher on a contractual basis, was suspended for posting articles and comments on social media, criticizing the policies and actions of the government od Indian as well as Chandigarh Administration.

Such incidents are publicly criticized and many High Courts have even held against such suspensions of Government employees for making critical views for the Government. Recently, the Tripura High Court held that government servants are also entitled right… Continue Reading...


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