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Poll duty: HC rules out teachers' exemption

PATNA: A department bench of Justices Jyoti Saran and Arvind Srivastava of the Patna high courtroom on Tuesday pushed aside a writ petition filed through the students of A N D College at Shahpur Patori in Samastipur to hunt exemption for his or her lecturers from responsibility within the ongoing Lok Sabha election as it would abate the academic actions. The school is a constituent unit of LN Mithila University, Darbhanga.

The courtroom pushed aside the petition on several grounds, together with that scholars had no locus standi within the topic and educational consultation was not to be affected in any respect.

The petitioners had cited an Election Commission’s letter to all leader secretaries of states on February 16, 2010, to rope in teaching team of workers for polling responsibility most effective under unavoidable circumstances. They additionally apprised the courtroom of Uttar Pradesh leader secretary’s letter on March 8, 2019 with instructions for exempting teaching and non-teaching team of workers from election responsibility to maintain instructional consultation.

Counsel Hemant Kumar Jha gave the impression for the petitioners whilst Siddhartha Prasad represented the Election Commission of India.

Advocate common Lalit Kishore, who gave the impression for the state executive, submitted that there were no examination scheduled in April and polling responsibility through the petitioners would no longer affect the academic consultation. He additionally submitted that lecturers in query are scheduled to take part within the fourth phase of polling on April 29, which would be a holiday preceded through Sunday.

Prasad submitted that the district election officers have energy vested in them under The Representation of the People Act, 1951, to rope in lecturers for polling and different similar duties.

The workplace of Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar additionally submitted a counter affidavit that necessities of polling and counting workforce have gone up phenomenally over the last few years because of voter help and mandatory VVPAT with each EVM and the Supreme Court’s path for counting extra paper audit trails.

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