The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday ordered that while the Uttar Pradesh State legislature may complete the process of enacting the Uttar Pradesh Education Services Tribunal Bill, 2021, the Education Tribunal can be established only with the leave of the High Court.
It was a suo motu case registered by the court in the view of ongoing strikes by the Allahabad High Court Bar Associations and Awadh bar association.
Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice SS Shamshery further directed the State government to invite representatives of the Bar Associations of Allahabad and Lucknow for deliberations on the issues that led to the boycott of court in both cities.
Notice on behalf of the State government was accepted by Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal.
The Court took a dim view of the ongoing boycott, noting in its order,
"By the absentation from judicial work, valuable judicial time has been criminally wasted and that has effected judicial working of Allahabad High Court for other important jurisdictions also. The largest High Court of the country cannot afford such nonfunctionality of Courts on any count."
Interestingly, the Court noted in the order that the establishment of the education tribunal would not serve to speedily dispose of service cases relating to teaching and non-teaching staff of educational institutions.
"As per the demand charters given to the High Court, the establishment of tribunal would not satisfy the object of expeditious disposal of the cases concerned," the Court noted.
To drive this point home, the Court pulled out the disposal rates of service matters which are to be adjudicated by the proposed tribunal.