Fake certificates: HC stays education board order of FIR against students

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 09:04 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday stayed the Haryana Board of School Education order that had asked schools to register police cases against over 3,000 students whose school-leaving certificates (SLCs)/transfer certificates (TCs) were declared bogus by the board.

The vacation bench of justice Ajay Tewari, during the resumed hearing on the petition, however, observed that though the students be allowed to continue their studies so that their future is not affected.

As the authorities sought more time to file their replies, the high court stayed the education board order of registration of FIRs and posted the matter for further hearing for August 13.

Eight private schools of Jhajjar had moved high court last week challenging the board’s order to book such students.

The schools have challenged the Bhiwani-based board’s May 15 letter that has asked schools to register first information reports (FIR) against 3,125 students with fake SLCs/TCs within 15 days and submit a compliance report.

The schools were also threatened with registration of FIRs against them by board, if they failed to book these students.

Earlier this month the board decided to cancel/withdraw class 10th certificates granted to these students. The petitioner schools had denied their role in any “wrongdoing”. These students had passed Class 10 examination in 2014 and most of them have gone to Class 12.

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