The junior college sections of Sheth LU Jhaveri and Sir MV College of Arts, Science and Commerce, and Chinai College of Commerce and Economics at Andheri may remain closed this academic year.
The Bombay High Court on Friday stayed a directive issued by the deputy charity commissioner ordering Laxmi Education Society, which runs both the colleges, to start the colleges immediately.
The deputy charity commissioner had, through his May 12 directive, also sought explanation for transferring movable property from the college campus and non-submission of budget.
The education society had moved the high court challenging the directive saying the deputy charity commissioner had no authority to issue such a directive.
The society’s counsel Rafiq Dada, on Friday, pointed out that the directive had been issued under Section 37 of the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950, under which only the charity commissioner could issue directives.
“The deputy charity commissioner is empowered only to conduct an inquiry, hear persons concerned and forward his report to the charity commissioner for further action,” added Dada.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice JN Patel and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari stayed operation and effect of the May 12 directive, which was seen as a last hope to see students being admitted in the two colleges for Class 11.
Laxmi Education Society has shut down the junior college sections of both the institutions without a government sanction, and even after several orders from the high court, the junior college sections have remain closed for the last two academic years.
The deputy director of education’s office has also initiated action against the management.
The matter is presently pending before Competent Authority for action in accordance with the earlier high court directives.