By A Newsman
Kolkata, 29 August: A young woman, who was deprived employment despite coming first in written interview, has finally got justice from the Calcutta High Court some 20 years later.
Not only this, the High Court has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on state PWD minister Aroop Biswas on charges of nepotism that led to the woman not getting the job of a clerk at the New Alipore College in south Kolkata.
The anomaly dates back to 1997 and Biswas has been the president of the college governing body.
Lipi Banerjee had come first in the written test conducted for appointing clerks at the college. Despite this, the New Alipore College governing body dropped her name from the short-listed candidate and appointed another candidate to the post.
Banerjee subsequently moved the Calcutta High Court pointing out the anomaly. She alleged that depriving her, a candidate close to Biswas (who was not a minister then), had been given appointment.
The case dragged for years and the verdict has come now. In his verdict, part from slapping the fine on minister Biswas, justice Subrata Talukdar has asked the college to appoint Lipi Banerjee as a clerk at the earliest.
That’s not all! The HC has also directed the college to pay Banerjee the salaries for the past 20 years as arrears.