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School using political clout to turn down demands: Parents

punjab Updated: Apr 24, 2016 22:38 IST
Harinder Singh Khaira
Harinder Singh Khaira
Hindustan Times
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Budha Dal Public School parents’ body adviser JS Sodhi addressing a press conference in Patiala on Wednesday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

The parents’ association of Budha Dal Public School has accused the school management of using political clout to turn down their demands, while calling the administrative inquiry, which gave the school a clean chit in the alleged students’ detention case, biased.

Briefing the media at the central state library here on Wednesday, members of the association said they will move a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking an independent inquiry into the incident.

The hearing in the contempt case is scheduled in the high court on April 21, during which the parents are planning to bring up the issue of alleged detention. The association had also filed another case against capitation fee being charged by the school, which will be heard in the court on April 25.

Association legal adviser Sukhjinder Singh alleged the local administration was under pressure, as the school management had cordial relations with the ruling party in the state. He said the association will request the high court to constitute an independent inquiry panel under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a court.

Association members questioned when the whole school was covered by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, they why did the school only show the footage of the library to the inquiry team.

“If the inquiry team could record statements of parents who are in favour of the school management, they why couldn’t they listen to members of our association?” questioned association president Kaka Singh. He also urged the administration to release the CCTV footage of the inquiry.

Association adviser JS Sodhi alleged the school had not abided by the court orders a single time and was misguiding people by giving false statements. He said if the school files any case against them, they were ready to face it with facts and figures.

The association has been claiming that on April 12, the school authorities separated some students, whose parents had submitted a petition in the high court against capitation fee being levied by the school, and detained them inside the library. After the parents came to know about the incident, they barged into the school around 11am. Later, they protested outside the school.

A five-member team, headed by district education officer (DEO, secondary) Harinder Kaur, on Monday gave a clean chit to the school on the basis of statements of some students and parents and the CCTV footage of the library. Upping the ante against the parents’ association on basis of this clean chit and testimony of parents of a girl student, the school management, during a press conference on Tuesday, threatened to file a case of defamation besides seeking criminal proceedings against “those protesting against the school”.

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