With the Bombay high court putting a stay on the order issued by the deputy director of education, the five students expelled from the Tilak International School, Ghansoli, will have to remain out of the school for now.
The students, from Class 3 to 7, were expelled after their parents purportedly created a law and order problem over the school management’s decision to hike fees.
According to the petition filed by the Tilak Education Society, which runs the international school, the parents had created a ruckus over fee hike and compelled the school to issue transfer certificates to their wards on May 2.
Consequently, on July 5, the deputy director of education, Mumbai, called for a meeting at his office.
After giving a hearing to all the concerned parties, he had directed the school to re-admit the students and allow them to pursue studies.
The deputy director had also directed the school management to take action against the headmaster of the school for violating the principles of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
Challenging the order, the school management moved the high court.
The society, in its petition, contended that in view of the law and order problems created by the parents of the five students, running the school had become difficult for them.
In fact, they claimed that they were being forced to run the school under police protection.
Acting on the petition, a division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice RG Ketkar, on July 11, stayed the order of the deputy director, thus keeping the expelled students out of school.
The petition will come up for further hearing before division bench of justice AM Khanvilkar and justice RY Ganoo on August 8.