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Plea against taking up TET dismissed

Plea against taking up TET dismissed

DC | 24th Sep 2013
Chennai: The Madras high court has dismissed the petition of over 100 candidates, whose certificate verification was done much before the right of children to free and compulsory education (RTE) Act, 2009 was notified, praying for a direction to the teachers recruitment board (TRB) to appoint them as teachers without insisting they take up the teacher eligibility test (TET).
Dismissing a batch of petitions from S. Daisy Rani and 100 others, Justice D. Hariparanthaman said the petitioners could not seek appointment in future vacancies based on certificate verification without a pass in TET.
If their plea was accepted, then more than about 20,000 persons could enter without having the minimum qualification of TET, as prescribed in the RTE Act read with National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) regulations.
The petitioners contended that as the process of appointment of teachers was initiated long before August 23, 2010, the date of notification of NCTE prescribing TET, they should be exempted from passing TET and accommodated in future vacancies as per the order dated July 9 this year of a division bench of this court. If not, they might be granted five years for passing TET after appointment.
Rejecting their contention, the judge observed that as per the provisions of the RTE Act and rules and the August 2010 notification of NCTE and the amended notification of July 2011, candidates working as teachers at the time of commencement of the RTE Act alone could be granted the grace period of five years. The petitioners were not working as teachers.
MK kin denied bail in landgrab case
On Monday, a city court in Chennai denied bail to R. Uma Maheswari, 53, a relative of DMK president M. Karunanidhi, and two others arrested in connection with a multi-crore land grab case in Chennai recently.
According to Ethis Gupta, treasurer of the Addepalli­kandaswamy Chetty and Chenchu Venkatasubbu Guruvajamma Charities Association, the trust owned 20 grounds, a prime property in Nungambakkam, since 1915.
This was sold to Orchid Foundation Private Limited under coercion in 2006. Later, Uma Maheswari collected Rs 1.5 crore from Gupta as a loan for Orchid Foundation.
A case was registered against eight persons, including Uma Maheswari and others. Objecting to their bail petition, state public prosecutor S Shanmugavelayudham argued that the trust had got a meagre Rs 22 lakh for properties worth almost Rs 26 crore.
As the accused had political clout, granting her bail would lead to tampering of evidence. Judge G. Chokalingam denied bail to Uma Maheswari, Balasubramanian and Srinivasan.
Defamation case against Ramadoss
Chennai: The state government filed a defamation case in a city court on Monday against Pattali Makkal Katchi founder-leader, Dr S. Ramadoss, for making statements against chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.
On behalf of the chief minister, city public prosecutor M.L. Jegan submitted a petition before judge G. Chokalingam of the principal sessions court.
In the petition, Jegan contended that the PMK leader had issued three press releases on April 28, April 30 and May 14 this year, with an intention of harming the reputation and good image of the chief minister.
Ramadoss’ statements were defamatory and not in good faith. Hence, Ramadoss committed an offence under 199 (2) of CrPC punishable under section 500 IPC. Ramadoss had issued the statements following the Marakkanam clashes.

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