A teacher cannot suppress the truth, says SC


G Shaheed


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Law and Life


A person who got appointment as a lecturer had suppressed the truth while applying for the job. After getting appointment, the authorities found that he had hidden the truth in the application form. It was an undesirable act that cannot be pardoned and the Delhi Govt dismissed him from service.

But the High Court quashed it. The Govt then moved the Supreme Court.

The highest court of the land was of the view that he being a lecturer and the teaching profession being a noble deed, one should not have done that act. Because, being a teacher one has to mould the character of future generation.

The court observed that suppression of truth has disentitled him to hold the post of a lecturer and upheld the order of govt dismissing him.

What message does a person like him, who has suppressed the truth, give to society? It was a vicious act, the court said. He was involved in a criminal case

But in the criminal case, he was acquitted. Yet he did not mention about the case and the truth while applying for the job.

He explained that it was by oversight but the SC did not accept it and observed that there was suppression of truth which was a bad act though he was acquitted.

The truth was not revealed at all, the court said while he applied for the job.



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