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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Monday came down heavily on West Bengal Central School Service Commission (SSC) for the latter’s failure to publish merit list for recruitment of teachers in state-aided secondary schools.

Justice Rajasekhar Mantha, who was hearing the case, has given SSC 24-hours deadline for publishing the merit list. Failing this, the High Court will put SSC secretary behind the bars, the judge warned.

SSC had in 2016 conducted a teacher eligibility test (TET) for secondary schools in and the result was published last year. Some aspirants then moved the High Court saying that SSC published the list of selected candidates but did not the merit list and, thus leaving the scope for corruption.

Acting on the petition, the HC on 18 September last year directed SSC to publish the merit list in four weeks. But the SSC failed to do so even after the lapse of nearly four months.

Peeved at this, the HC issued a contempt notice to SSC and, this came up for hearing today.

On being asked by justice Mantha, SSC’s secretary told the HC that the merit list has been published. To this, the judge retorted that if SSC has published the merit list, how come neither the petitioners nor the court is not aware?

A furious justice Mantha then said: “Publish the merit list within 24-hours, else I will send you behind the bars for contempt of court.”