In the year 1989, then 24-year-old Gerald John had applied for the post of commerce teacher at CNI Boys’ Inter College, a government-aided minority educational institute in Dehradun. He had read about the job vacancy in a newspaper advertisement and applied for the same.
According to a Times of India report, despite clearing the interview and topping the merit list, he didn’t get the job. When asked why he didn’t get the job, he was informed that the candidate needed to have stenography skills. However, stenography was not mentioned in the job requirement. In the year 1990, the Farrukhabad resident moved to the Allahabad HC. After Uttarakhand was separated from Uttar Pradesh in 2000, the case was transferred to the HC in Nainital.
When John turned 55, the Uttarakhand HC ruled in his favour in December 2020. The court’s ruling ordered him to be appointed in the school as well as a release of Rs 80 lakh as compensation.
The Uttrakhand government paid John Rs 73 lakh a few months ago but the remaining balance of Rs 7 lakh is yet to be paid by the Uttar Pradesh government. Now, since he is the senior-most teacher in the school, he is also the acting principal of the educational institution.