Calcutta HC rules that government doctors can run for elections after resigning from service

The Calcutta High Court ruled that state government doctors can participate in elections if they resign from service. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha stated that doctors wanting to contest elections aim to serve society. The court emphasized that public service employees, like doctors, should be allowed to resign and run for office. The decision came after a state government doctor’s resignation letter was rejected by the Health Department for violating bond clauses.

According to the ruling by the Calcutta High Court on Thursday, state government doctors can be candidates in elections if they resign from their positions. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha highlighted the nobility of the medical profession and the desire of doctors to contribute to society through political participation. The court’s decision emphasized that any public service employee, including those in state-run medical services, should be permitted to resign and stand for election. The case was brought to light when a state government doctor faced rejection of his resignation letter by the Health Department, citing bond clauses as the reason for the refusal.

In a significant decision, the Calcutta High Court allowed state government doctors to contest elections upon resigning from their roles. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha noted the importance of doctors aspiring to play a larger role in serving society through political engagement. The court’s ruling stated that individuals employed in public services, particularly in state-run medical services, should have the freedom to resign and seek election opportunities. This verdict was prompted by a case where a state government doctor’s resignation letter was turned down by the Health Department due to bond agreement violations.


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