W.P. No.15585 (W) of 2018
The State of West Bengal Ors.
Mr. Robiul Islam,
Mr. Soumyajit Das Mahapatra … For the petitioner.
Mr. Saikat Banerjee,
Mr. Kamal Mishra,
Mr. Tamal Taru Panda … For respondent Nos.4 5.
Ms. Chaitali Bhattacharya,
Mr. Benazir Ahmed …. For the State.
Leave is given to the learned Advocate‐on‐Record of the petitioner to add
the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, 77/2, Park Street, Kolkata‐700016
as a party‐respondent No.6 in the cause‐title of this writ petition here and now.
The petitioner is an Assistant Teacher of Majilapur Birendra Vidyapith, a
recognised Higher Secondary School. He was implicated in a criminal case being
Datan Police Station Case No.297/2017 dated September 27, 2017 under Sections
498A/Section304B/Section120B/Section34 of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 3 / Section4 of the Dowry
Prohibition Act. The petitioner has been released on bail on November 27, 2017.
It is the contention of the learned Advocate for the petitioner that after
being released on bail, the petitioner reported for duty on November 27, 2017 and
he continued to his duty up to January 5, 2018. Thereafter, the petitioner was not
allowed to join. Finally, the petitioner was allowed to join the School in April 2019.
The learned Advocate appearing on behalf of the petitioner submits that
the petitioner is entitled to salary for the period from November 2017 to March
It is submitted on behalf of the School Authorities that the petitioner
remained absent from December 1, 2017 to October 8, 2018 without any intimation
to the School Authorities. It is further submitted on behalf of the School Authorities
that the petitioner had exhausted all the leaves available to him and the period
should be considered as leave without pay.
It is submitted by the learned Advocate appearing on behalf of the State
respondent that the allegations of the petitioner may not be totally correct in view
of the fact that the petitioner had written a letter to the Administrator of the School
on January 22, 2018, pursuant to a letter of the Teacher‐in‐Charge of the concerned
School dated January 6, 2018 seeking clarification for the long absence of the
petitioner. By the said letter the petitioner informed the authorities that he was
unwell for certain period and could not join the School and he would resume his
duty as and when he would recover.
Since disputed questions of facts are involved in this writ petition, this writ
petition needs to be heard on affidavits.
Let affidavit‐in‐opposition to the writ petition be filed within four weeks
from date and reply thereto, if any, be filed within one week thereafter.
Liberty is given to the parties to mention the matter for hearing before the
appropriate Bench after expiry of the aforesaid period specified for filing affidavits.
( Shampa Sarkar, J. )