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Expelled Goregaon schoolgirl seeks review of dismissed petition

mumbai Updated: Aug 25, 2010 01:59 IST

Adhishree Gopalkrishna, a Class 9 student expelled from Vibgyor High School, has once again approached the Bombay High Court, seeking a review of the earlier order dismissing her petition challenging the expulsion.

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari is likely to pass an order on the review petition on Monday.

Vibgyor High School, Goregaon, had expelled Adhishree on June 2 because her parents protested against a fee hike last year.

Adhishree then moved the high court challenging the expulsion, saying the school could not expel her.

On July 7, the high court dismissed her petition saying re-admitting her in the same school would only increase her trauma due to the ongoing litigation between the school management and her parents.

Her mother Avisha Kulkarni, on Wednesday, argued the review was necessary as Adhishree’s trauma and suffering had increased, instead of decreasing.

Kulkarni wanted to know what wrong her daughter had done for her to be expelled from the school.

“A child can’t be punished even if her parents have committed murder,” she said.

She pointed out that the ICSE school had accepted the fees, given her books and other educational material on May 28, and then cancelled her admission on June 2.

The reasons for her removal were present even a year before the decision to expel her, said Kulkarni, adding, “What happened during those four days, which led to cancellation of her admission?”

Janak Dwarkadas, representing Vibgyor High School, replied to the questions, saying that the scope of a review petition was very limited and matters could not be reopened in this way.