The Supreme Court has set aside a city school's expulsion of a student last year after her mother protested a fee hike.
However Adhishree Gopalkrishnan will not return to Vibgyor High School, Goregaon, which had in June 2010 cancelled the Class IX student's admission a day before school reopened. Her mother, Avisha Kulkarni, who had argued the case in the apex court, did not press for re-admission and instead sought orders declaring the expulsion illegal so that the stigma cast on her daughter is removed.
“I am happy the school has to withdraw the letter by which my daughter was expelled. But I am not going to send her to Vibgyor again. I just wanted to prove that what the school did was wrong, which has been made clear by the court’s verdict,” she said.
Kulkarni, had participated in protests against a 50% fee hike proposed by the school, and had taken the school management to court over it.
The incident created much debate, with the then chief minister Ashok Chavan assuring that the student will be taken back, and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena threatening action against the school.
But when the parents moved the Bombay high court, their petition of re-instatement was dismissed taking into consideration that directing the ICSE school to readmit the 13-year-old girl will cause her more trauma.
The school management had contended that it had become difficult to run the school because of purported violent protests by the parents, and hence rescinding the decision was not possible.