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Interim order by High Court extends tenure of civic volunteers till February 15

In an interim order, the Calcutta high court extended the tenure of civic police volunteers till 
February 15.

Earlier, the High Court had directed the state government to cancel the appointment of civic volunteers in Barikul and Sarenga police station areas in Bankura district. The Court had described the process of appointment as “a sham with systematic malice.” The state government, however, challenged the direction of the single judge Bench and appealed in the Division Bench.

The Division Bench, constituting Acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, extended the tenure of civic volunteers till February 15. The court will again hear the case on February 7.

According to a High Court source, one of the lawyers, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, was absent during hearing. Therefore, the Division Bench preferred to extend the tenure till February 15.

The High Court had earlier directed the state government to form a three-member committee, headed by the state Finance Secretary, to prepare fresh guidelines for the recruitment examination which will have 80 per cent objective questions and 20 per cent subjective.

The committee was asked to submit its report to Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee.

The government was also asked to start the recruit after setting up of new rules. The Court directed to keep all the documents in an archive for future references.

“The state government moved against the verdict, which was given by Justice Sanjib Banerjee. So the state did not form the committee. No report was submitted. The Division Bench directed to extend the tenure of the civic volunteers till February 15,” said state Advocate General Jayanta Mitra.
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