Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday rejected the petition filed by Gokul, a class XII student who alleged that the teachers have disobeyed the high court’s January 23 order, wherein it directed the teachers to resume work by January 25, hence contempt proceedings should be initiated against them.
The division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice P Rajamanickam stated that, “This court has only directed them to return to work by January 25 in the interest of children. It is for the government to monitor and take appropriate action against those who flout the order.”
The Strike was initiated by the teachers, who are members of Joint Action Committee of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organisation-Government Employees Organisation (JACTO-GEO), from January 22. The strike has not been declared illegal.
The plea was moved by the counsel, Naveen Kumar Murthi representing the petitioner.
Notably, on a plea filed by Gokul seeking to halt the strike, the bench on January 23 passed an interim order directing the government teachers who are on strike to resume work not later than January 25 and also to ensure that classes and revision examinations are conducted as per schedule.
As per the sources, the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu, Girija Vaidyanathan, on January 23 had warned government employees not to participate in the strike as that would affect the normal functioning of government offices. She also said that participation in the strike would be considered as the violation of the Tamil Nadu government servants’ conduct rules, and such absence would result in pay cuts for those days.