Delhi HC rejects petition challenging CBSE chairman's appointmenttext_fields
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea filed by the Independent School Federation of India challenging the appointment of senior IAS officer Nidhi Chhibber as the chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle.
The petition alleged that Chhibber did not meet the necessary terms and conditions for the CBSE Chairman position.
However, Justice Chandra Dhari Singh rejected this claim, stating that no prima facie case had been made out by the petitioner, and further asserted that the petition was a "gross misuse of the process of law."
The court also clarified that it was not inclined to issue a writ of quo warranto in this case, as Chhibber met the qualifications required for the position of the Chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education.
The petitioner Federation not only challenged Chhibber's appointment but also sought her discontinuation from the post. They requested the production of records related to her eligibility and experience for the role.
In response, Chhibber submitted an affidavit, stating that she had worked in the Education department for 48 months in the cadre of Director and above.
Her counsel argued that the allegations made in the petition were incorrect and that she met the qualifications and experience criteria outlined in the 2015 vacancy circular for the position.
After reviewing Chhibber's affidavit and the executive record sheet, the court found that she met the required criteria for the position.
It clarified that the writ of quo warranto is issued when a person holding a public office is found to lack the necessary qualifications for the position. In this case, Chhibber was deemed eligible for the role.
Justice Singh concluded that the petition was a misuse of the legal process and subsequently dismissed the petition along with any pending applications.
With inputs from IANS