Pawan Mundaware, a Class 6 student from Nashik, will have to remain out of school this academic year, as the Bombay high court on Tuesday rejected his mother’s plea seeking an interim order to readmit him at a local ICSE school, which had expelled him last year.
The division bench of justice Naresh Patil and justice Ashok Bhangale rejected Jayashree Mundaware’s plea, because the first semester of the current academic year is over and the second semester has already begun.
“The academic session has commenced long back in June 2014. Now we are in November and therefore the request of the petitioner to direct the respondent school to readmit her son for the current academic year cannot be considered,” the bench said.
Jayashree had approached the high court last year, challenging expulsion of both of her children, Pawan and his elder sister Rujuta, from Ashoka Universal School at Chandsi, Nashik. The school had issued leaving certificates for the siblings on June 3, 2013, with objectionable remarks. The school, however, allowed the siblings to complete their previous academic year after the high court intervened. Rujuta, thus managed to complete her SSC.
On Tuesday, senior advocate Ram Apte, who represented the school, pointed out that the school had issued fresh school leaving certificates for both the children, without any remarks, so that they could easily secure admission in any other school. However, the offer was not accepted by Jayashree.
The school had allegedly expelled the children as their parents had sought to contest a hike in school fee and demanded details of the expenditure incurred by the school on educational activities.