Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Justice Mohit Shah will decide which bench of the court will hear the petitions filed by Vibgyor High School and Rustom Kerawala Foundation.
On April 15, the petitions challenging an order of the deputy director of education were specifically assigned to the division bench presided over by Justice AM Khanvilkar.
On September 21, the petitioners moved an application before another bench and accordingly the petitions were placed for hearing before a division bench of Justice DK Deshmukh and Justice ND Deshpande.
The bench of Justice AM Khanvilkar and Justice PD Kode, on Wednesday, took strong exception to this action of the school and its managing trust, and directed the court registry to place the matter before the chief justice to decide which bench should conduct further hearing in the matter.
The bench said the stand taken by Vibgyor High School and the Rustam Kerawala Foundation (to move an application before another bench) was “a matter which will have to be enquired into at the appropriate stage”.
The petitions challenge a decision of the Deputy Director of Education refusing to consider annual building rent of Rs 2.5 crore into the expenditure of the Goregaon ICSE school, and directing the school to refund excess amount collected from students.
The decision was taken on complaints against the school management’s decision to hike fees for the academic year 2008-09 from Rs 55,000 to Rs 82,500 contending it was against the norms prescribed by state.
The school management has challenged the decision.