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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has ordered an injunction on the counselling of prospective head teachers for state-government schools.

West Bengal Central School Service Commission (SSC) was supposed to conduct the counselling of short-listed candidates from 24 January.

Justice Shekhar Bobby Saraf of the High Court today ordered the injunction while hearing a petition filed by some aspirants who challenged Bengal government’s new criteria for appointment of head teachers.

By way of amending the law, the state government in 2017 stated that those teachers aspiring to be head teachers must have had scored 50 per cent in their post-graduate exam.

Some of the aspirants filed a petition against this in the High Court and, justice Arijit Banerjee then directed the SSC to allow them to write the exam being conducted towards the appointment of head teachers.

The case subsequently got transferred to the court of justice Saraf.

But even as this group is awaiting their results, SSC recently issued a notification stating that the counselling for short-listed candidates will be underway from 24 January. This made them knock on the door of justice Saraf.

Hearing the matter, justice Saraf today directed the SSC not to go ahead with the counselling. The next hearing in the case is slated for 28 January.