The management of Ecole Mondiale World School in Juhu and the parents of some of its students are locked in a legal battle over the expulsion of five students.
On March 17, Ecole, one of the biggest and most expensive international schools in the city, expelled the students because the management claimed that they had doctored their predicted grades (predicted marks that the school usually sends to universities abroad to help students secure admission) and sent it themselves.
On March 24, three parents filed a case of unlawful expulsion at the City Civil Court. The first hearing was on Thursday. It was adjourned. The case comes up again on Tuesday.
On Saturday, a media report said that the school claimed that students had hacked into their computer systems and faxed tampered marksheets to universities.
But parents said it would be impossible for students to do it because the marksheets were sent to US universities on the schools letterhead with the signature of the principal.
“The matter is subjudice and it is shocking that the management spoke to the media about it and did not even mention the court case,” said a parent, who had filed the case.
The school refused to comment, saying the matter was subjudice. Mukesh Vashi, the lawyer for Ecole, said: “The matter is pending in court and the school and I would not like to comment. Let the court decide.”
Parents of the other two students, too, will be moving court. “Copies of the expulsion letters have been sent to all students and that is tantamount to defamation,” said Jamshed Mistry, their lawyer. “The students were expelled without any evidence and with no opportunity to explain themselves.”