‘Detention’ row: School to file defamation case, seeks criminal proceedings

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2016 14:18 IST
The chairman of Budha Dal Public School, Balbir Singh, addressing a press conference on the school premises in Patiala on Tuesday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

After getting a clean chit from the education department, Budha Dal Public School management is now using the testimony of parents of a girl student, who was allegedly among children present in the library on April 12, to up the ante against the protesting parents.

Claiming the allegation that the school had detained children in the library was false, the management has decided to move court, seeking criminal proceedings against those protesting against the school.

The school authorities on Tuesday held a media briefing, where Chitwant Singh and Mandeep Kaur, parents of a girl student, claimed that their daughter was visiting the library when the protesters, who had barged into the school, took her along outside the school gate for the protest.

The parents said they had already paid the fee and had nothing to do with the protesting parents.

School principal Amrit Aujla said the matter had been blown out of proportion by a few parents, who had vested interest in defaming the school.

School president Baba Balbir Singh said the protesting parents were trying to arm-twist the management into giving them fee concession, and the school had done nothing illegal.

He said the school would file a defamation case against the parents’ association and also urge the court for the registration of a criminal case against them.

Earlier, on Monday, an inquiry report submitted to the Patiala deputy commissioner by a five-member team had given the school a clean chit. Deputy commissioner Ramvir Singh on Monday said the team had recorded statements of students who were inside the library at the time of the alleged incident besides some parents. “Nobody claimed that the children were detained in the library,” he had said.


Reacting to the media briefing, members of the parents’ association said they had never contacted or seen the parents who gave the testimony.

Association adviser JS Sodhi said the school management was misguiding the administration with the testimony of parents of a child who was not even a part of the protest.

The association has called a press conference on Wednesday to counter the allegations of the school management.

The association has been claiming that on April 12, the school authorities separated some students, whose parents had submitted a petition in the high court against capitation fee being levied by the school, and detained them inside the library. After the parents came to know about the incident, they barged into the school around 11am. Later, they protested outside the school.

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