Won’t stop transfers without hearing government claims: Telangana HC

HYDERABAD: The Telangana High Court reiterated on Tuesday that it would not uphold state government-issued GO 317, which prescribed standards for transfers of government employees and teachers. However, the court assured that the transfers of all the employees, who had come to court, would be the final result of the motions for the injunction.

A divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili said without hearing the government’s claims, that it would not issue interim orders to stop the transfers of the petitioners, who approached the court.

The bench was trying a batch of writ petitions filed by teachers, secondary school teachers and school assistants working in various public schools in Telangana, challenging GO 317 dated 6-12-2021.

Lead Attorney Surender Rao and fellow attorneys Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Rachana and Chikkudu Prabhakar who appeared for the petitioners, requested the court to issue interim orders and that the cases may be posted at an early date for hearing as it there was an urgency in the matter. In fact, the cases were posted to April 4 for hearing.

J. Ramchandra Rao, Additional General Counsel, advised the court that counter affidavits had been filed in certain brief motions and further advised the court that all employees, who had been transferred to new work locations, s were shown at work.

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