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HC stays govt notice

Intervening in the ongoing tussle between Haryana government and private schools, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday stayed with immediate effect and till further orders the notice wherein the schools had been asked to apply within 15 days for recognition under the newly notified amended rules.

The stay order was granted by the division bench of Justices Jasbir Singh and Nirmal Yadav after a preliminary hearing on the writ petition filed by Faridabad-based Ideal Private Schools Association, through its president Deep Chand Sharma and general secretary RK Sharma.

The petition sought directions to quash the public notice of the state government dated March 3 and also to quash the amendments made in 2007 in the Haryana Education Rules, 2003. The counsel for the petitioners termed the state government diktat as arbitrary and against the principles of natural justice.

While staying the public notice, the division bench issued notices for May 17 to the state financial commissioner, principal secretary of education department, director of school education and the school education board asking them to respond to the issue raised in the writ petition.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, bail bonds of 96 agitating teachers and their employers, lodged in Burail Jail, were furnished in the court of Judicial Magistrate first class, AS Shergill.

The bonds worth Rs 5,000 each were furnished by the counsels of these teachers, Mohinder Singh from Chandigarh and Navneet Mehta from Ambala. Late in the evening, all the teachers were released. They would now have to appear in the court on Friday.

On Friday, Federation of Unrecognised Schools Welfare Association, Haryana, would also meet the state education department officials to resolve the issue.

Said Bimal Gupta, press secretary of the federation, “If our demands are not accepted in the meeting, then the agitation would continue not just here but on the streets of Delhi.”

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