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Morung Express News
Dimapur | February 22
The Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court has ordered the State of Nagaland and 177 others to appear in court in four weeks from the publication of its notice (on February 23 – see on Page 9) to appear in front of the court, either themselves or through their advocate or someone authorized by law to act on their behalf.
The Court was acting, on February 21, in response to a Writ Petition – WP(C) 12 (K)/19 – filed by the Nagaland NET Qualified Forum and 20 others in the case of alleged ‘backdoor appointments’ in the Nagaland State Department of Higher Education which allegedly hired against 175 posts (of mostly Assistant Professors across government colleges in Nagaland) without any open advertisement. “These appointments were made between 2016 and 2018 without following procedure to publicly advertise for vacancies,” informed a member of the NET Qualified Forum today, stating that the Forum filed several RTIs that led to the discovery of these appointments. The Forum said that it is in possession of all the appointment letters for the cases under scanner.
Further, the Forum stated that they have appealed to the department as well as the minister concerned to rectify the matter but to no avail. This led the Forum to take the legal route and file a writ petition.