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KAT Directive to Govt on Transfer of Headmistress

Published: 03rd September 2014 06:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2014 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Administrative Tribunal (KAT)has asked the government if it could re-examine the transfer of K K Urmila Devi, Headmistress of the Cotton Hill GHSS, whose transfer had kicked up a row.

The government may consider Urmila Devi’s claim sympathetically and decide whether she could be accommodated in the Cotton Hill GHSS, KAT Bench comprising Chairman Justice K Balakrishnan Nair and member Mathew C Kunnumkal said in an order.

“Her transfer back to the school will prove that the government didn’t have any motive in transferring her. The government shall consider whether she could be accommodated in the said school within two months,’’ they said.   Observing that the grievances she raised while being transferred were redressed, the Bench said, “she represented against the transfer pointing out her illness and also that of her husband. Now she has been accommodated in a neighbouring school. Therefore, these grievances do not survive.’’

In the complaint, Urmila Devi had submitted that she was misunderstood and wrongly transferred. She had prayed for re-posting her in Cotton Hill Government GHSS.

However, the KAT in its order said, “in view of the law governing transfer and the limited scope for judicial review in such matters, we are not justified in directing the government to post her back to the said school.’’

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